TULSA – Metrobar Concepts LLC targets a mid-March opening for its Mix Co. Bar in downtown Tulsa’s Midco Building, a block from the BOK Center.
Co-owner Robert Jared Jordan expects the eight- to nine-employee operation to debut on about March 19 at 302 S. Cheyenne Ave. with a full line of cocktails, wines and beers.
“We’re not just a cocktail bar,” he said. “With the BOK Center being across the street, you have to expect a totally different crowd from night to night, and you have to be able to adapt to it.”
Jordan and co-owner Ryan Stack are overseeing the final work on Mix Co.’s 3,300-square-foot location. Joel Coggins Construction of Tulsa is completing the build-out, using designs by Mary and Scott Vrooman of Tulsa’s TriArch Architecture.
“The project is advancing pretty good,” Coggins said. “We’ve got about two weeks left of construction and then we’ll just be installing all the bar equipment final touches.”
TriArch’s efforts focus on creating a speakeasy environment from America’s Prohibition era, one befitting a three-story building constructed in 1919. Starting with a stairwell and handicap ramp descending into Mix Co.’s basement setting, design elements mix historic fixtures with rich woods, fluted columns, a stamped tin roof and other elements that should feel right at home in downtown Tulsa’s Art Deco atmosphere.
“The biggest challenge was retrofitting what it takes to be a bar in today’s time,” said Coggins, whose firm has worked on several such refits. “The building’s like 98 years old. It wasn’t constructed with all the things we need.”
Like many firms, Metrobar is helping build the audience for its first bar through Facebook. It has released several teasing photographs of the advancing construction since starting that page in November.
Jordan said the Midco location actually spurred Metrobar to change the bar’s initial concept and name. The Tulsa partnership may return to that original concept for its second bar.
“I see this as one concept,” he said of Mix Co. “I’d like to have several concepts.”
When it opens for night service, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, Mix Co. will feature a menu of 20 specialty cocktails.
“Although we will be able to make anything else as well,” Jordan said, noting a projected inventory of 200 or more bottles in its whiskey and spirits collection.
Mix Co. will boast 30 wines by the glass and six beers on tap, with another 30 available by the bottle.
The bar also will feature a private room that may be available for events, parties or corporate meetings.
“It will be the only room in the bar that has a TV,” Jordan said.