If you happen to travel a bit for business or have some summer vacation plans this year you’ll notice quite a large makeover happening at Tulsa International airport starting today. The food management has changed hands and a new 10 year contract has brought in a new firm and offering quite a few local favorites to the airport terminals. Gone is Starbucks and Quiznos and enter Topeca/Java Daves and Einstein Bros. Also welcome in Fat Guys burger bar, I can’t think of a better way to start my vacation with a double cheese and sriracha ketchup and taking a nap soon after.
By far the most glamorous makeover will be the transformation of the sports bar into the Dead Armadillo taproom and restaurant. A trend catching on throughout the U.S. as places like Denver and Portland have microbreweries/taprooms promoting their local flavor, now Tulsa can offer the same. “We’re certainly going to have to ramp up production as they will have all of our flagship beers in half barrels. We never had to do that with the exception of our Amber,” explained co-founder Tony Peck. It’s a deal that has been in the works for roughly 9-10 months and after several presentations, FAA approval and being selected as finalists they were granted the taproom. According to Tony the layout will roughly resemble the taproom that is located at 4th and Madison with the black and athletic gold color motif, pipe taps and concrete bar counter. This is part 1 of 3 phases and should see an opening around the first week of August if all goes according to plan. So next time you have friends/family coming to Tulsa you won’t have far to go to relax and catch up over a pint.
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