Bar K set to open in 2022, offering dog park, bar and puppy-friendly event space

Published Monday, May 24, 2021
by Staff Reports

Management for Bar K, a unique dog-friendly destination, announced plans to build a dog park, bar, restaurant and event-space in the heart of Oklahoma City's Boathouse District in 2022. Bar K will sit on three acres adjacent to the Oklahoma River and will provide dog lovers and canines alike with a one-of-a-kind experience. Greater OKC Chamber members Rose Rock Development Partners and Pivot Project are co-developing the project.

"We think our riverfront location in the Boathouse District is perfect for Bar K," said David Hensley, founding partner of Bar K. "We can't wait to bring our unique and joyful concept to the people and pups of Oklahoma City."

The first of its kind in Oklahoma, OKC's Bar K will include a two-level structure with mezzanine balcony and patio, a 9,000 square-foot indoor dog park, a two-acre outdoor park and a 21,700 square-foot restaurant, bar and event space, allowing plenty of room for dogs of all ages and breeds to enjoy. Bar K will include an outdoor stage for music, an indoor space for private dog-friendly parties, a restaurant and easy access to the Oklahoma River via a "Boat and Bar K" ramp.

"We are grateful to announce yet another fantastic way for folks to enjoy the Boathouse District," said Mike Knopp, executive director of Oklahoma City's RIVERSPORT Foundation. "As we continue to develop programs, opportunities and adventures for Oklahoma City residents, adding Bar K to the roster is the perfect addition. When I saw Bar K for myself in Kansas City a couple of years ago as we were exploring complementary projects for the Boathouse District, I immediately knew this concept was the perfect fit for the world class outdoor lifestyle destination we are creating.”

"As a native to Oklahoma City, I think the Boathouse District is a huge asset to the city and an area I know will continue to thrive with distinctive projects like Bar K," said Scott Moehlenbrock, vice president of Rose Rock Development Partners. "Bar K is the kind of high-energy, experience-based retail that will complement the Boathouse District well. It's both a destination and a place you visit regularly. The combination of inside and outside space promotes the active lifestyle that the Boathouse District upholds. It is the perfect concept to take the Boathouse District to the next level."

“In our development experience, we have a few select projects that came about through a strategic partnership,” said Candace Baitz, partner of Pivot Project. “We knew this would ultimately be a better project by partnering with Rose Rock Development. The values of our two companies are aligned in bringing quality projects to our home city and contributing to the growth of our districts. We believe this is evident in bringing such a unique experience in Bar K to Oklahoma City and the Boathouse District.” 

On the heels of its successful Kansas City operation, which received the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City's “Cornerstone Award” for 2019, Bar K bolsters economic development potential for the metro and will give patrons experiential options geared toward healthy, pet-friendly living.

ABOUT BAR K

Bar K is a unique new destination combining a thoughtfully designed, fully staffed dog park with a modern bar, restaurant and event space. Bar K brings engaged, community-minded people and their dogs together to share connections with their pups and each other in a joyful and creative space. The first Bar K opened in August 2018 on the Riverfront in downtown Kansas City.  More locations are planned around the country. For more information, please visit barkdogbar.com or contact: David Hensley at (913) 515-8838 or dave@barkdogbar.com.

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