HeyDay Entertainment set to open in Oklahoma City's Lower Bricktown
By Steve Lackmeyer
Lower Bricktown is set once again to enjoy 100 percent occupancy with plans to open a two-level HeyDay Entertainment Center and a revival of Sussy's Italian restaurant.
The Centennial Building, also home to a Starbucks, Texadelphia, Dekora Sushi and 30 condominiums, lost Red Pin Bowling Lounge and Bolero's over the summer. Brad Hogan, president of Hogan Commercial Property Corp., finalized a lease with HeyDay on Friday for the 12,700-square-foot former Red Pin space at the building's canal level and Bolero's 1,200-square-foot bar upstairs.
“The two guys who own it, Brad Little and Trey Bates, are impressive,” Hogan said. “They are there all the time. With Red Pin, the principal was a loan manager at a bank. So they were only as good as the people they could hire.”
The Bolero's bar, which was above Red Pin and detached from the Bolero's restaurant, will be connected to the canal level via a stairway that will open up between the two floors. The bowling lanes from Red Pin are being reconfigured with Brunswick, Little said, and a new lounge area will be created that will be similar to the set up in Norman.
Demolition in the old Red Pin space is starting this week. Architect Shane Labeth said the renovation will include changes to the bar and dining area, with space being created for an arcade — including more adult games in the upstairs lounge. Little said the bar will feature an array of craft beer labels and the restaurant will be open daily for lunch and dinner.
The Lower Bricktown HeyDay, unlike Norman, will not include a laser tag room or miniature golf — both of which are featured at Brickopolis along the canal north of Lower Bricktown.
“The approach we're taking with the interior carries through the upscale, sophisticated look they have in Norman,” Labeth said. “It will feature high energy lighting and a bubble wall, which is part of their signature.”
HeyDay in Lower Bricktown also will include menus from Double Dave's Pizzaworks and Boomerang Grille restaurants offered in Norman.
Hogan, meanwhile, is joining with Rick Bailey to open Sussy's in the remaining Bolero's space. The Sussy's name and recipes were legendary in Oklahoma City for more than 40 years, but the run ended last summer when the last restaurant, Nomad's, closed its doors.
The restaurants along with some racy nightclubs were started up by gambler Jack “Sussy” Sussman and were widely credited with introducing Italian cuisine to the city. Rick Bailey's family took over the restaurants in 1980.
“I'm excited about it,” Hogan said. “It's always been one of my favorite restaurants. It fizzled for the wrong reasons. And we're going to bring it back — including the name. There is history behind it, and it's a short and catchy name.”
Unlike Nomad's, the new Sussy's is being designed as a “quick casual” restaurant similar in operations at Lower Bricktown eateries like Fuzzy's and Texadelphia where customers line up to place their orders.
“What works in Bricktown is quick casual,” Hogan said. “We will have the specialty pizzas, but you'll be able to get it by the slice. We will have most of the menu Nomad used to have — I loved their salads, pizza, spaghetti, steaks and chicken.”
Sussy's is set to open over the summer, while HeyDay is set to open in April.
Little said he was not worried about the handful of restaurant closings that occurred last year, which included Spaghetti Warehouse and Hooters.
“We studied it, we did the market research … we believe downtown is on the upswing,” Little said. “The Hogans have been pleasant to deal with; they've wanted us. And we've talked to cities about opening more locations. Having our brand downtown is something we couldn't pass up.”
A Closer Look at Future HeyDay Entertainment in Lower Bricktown (Published: January 9, 2017) RedPin joins list of closings - but there is more to this story (Published July 28, 2016)
New bowling lounge offers upscale eatery, bar (Published Nov. 28, 2007) Swanky meets bowling at RedPin (Published Nov. 16, 2007)