It’s not unusual to see Oklahoma City take hits from the usual “cool cat” suspects who try to paint us as going to bed every night at 10 p.m. with no real night life.
The Onion was the latest to take a shot at Oklahoma City with the headline “Oklahoma City Thunder Wander Town Aimlessly Looking For Place To Celebrate Big Win”
The truth, painfully, is as I discovered tonight, not far off from the Onion’s fantasy reporting. Tonight I met up with Chef Andrew Black and watched the Thunder-Dallas game at Texadelphia. I inquired when we first ordered as to whether they would be playing the game. We were assured yes, they’d be playing the game on all their big screens – something they promote frequently through social media.
So we enjoyed dinner and watched the game. But as 10 p.m. hit, and with the game still in the third quarter, the manager announced it was closing time. Understand there were at least 30 people in the place – all paying customers – watching the game, which was far from over. A few minutes later, the sound was turned off. We were informed they would be shutting down completely at 10:30, even though the game was set to continue until shortly before 11 p.m.
So we went around the corner to In the Raw, and met up with the similar attitude, even though it had at least a dozen people still wanting to watch the game as well. Bricktown was shutting down, nightlife be damned.
Will I ever go grab dinner and watch a game at Texadelphia again? Would I recommend it anybody else? Would I even bother trying to enjoy a game downtown? If you want nightlife … is it really wise to kill what you’ve got over a 30-minute difference between the game ending and closing time?