The weirdly-shaped building where 50th meets the no-longer-circular Classen Circle is about to be replaced by More Fast Food:
Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Stores has filed plans that show the demolition of several historic structures near the old Classen Circle.
The company acquired a small house next to the HiLo Club, Drunken Fry and Classen Grill in 2015.
They have filed to rezone .48 acres which is all the properties bound by Classen, NW 50th and Military Avenue and documents show plans to raze all existing buildings and construct a new Braum’s.
Also on this block: a beauty salon and a record store. This is not any kind of historic or otherwise-special district, so as far as the city’s concerned, it’s just a matter of zoning.
Oklahoma City Twitter has been denouncing the plan all day, typically like this:
— Jessica Merrell (@jmillermerrell) July 12, 2017
Personally, I think potential customers will pass it by, mainly because access is difficult: if you miss it the first time, you’re going to have to loop for more than half a mile, or you’re going to end up on Interstate 44. I can’t imagine a local firm not knowing these issues, so I suspect this is someone at Braum’s HQ who is shocked — shocked! — that there is drinking going on in those establishments.
If they must put up a new Braum’s, let them put it in Kansas City. The demand is there.