May 8, 2021


Nuts about home

A concealed area, a locked door in an alley, but The Rusty Barrell Supper Club still thrives in Ponca City

PONCA City, Okla. (KFOR) – The indicator outside requires an arrow to place the way, down an alley, to a locked doorway the place shoppers have to ring a bell to get inside of.

Rick Hancock grew up with this aged ‘speakeasy’ form of entrance.

Now, as owner, he wouldn’t dare to improve it.

“You cannot adjust too considerably,” states Hancock. “People in Ponca City say, ‘Whatever you do, don’t change.’ So, I have to do matters subtly.”

Rick’s mother and stepdad.

Rick’s mother and stepdad took about the Rusty Barrell in 1976, shortly after it opened.

The position seated considerably less than 25 again then and it actually was a supper club in the typical perception.

There was a membership needed, no ‘Liquor by the Drink’ at that time.

“Gentlemen would bring their very own bottles,” he recollects.

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Rusty Barrell Supper Club

But whichever it was about the environment, the food items, even the switching liquor regulations, men and women in Ponca didn’t want this put to adjust.

They preferred the doorbell.

They favored the Rusty Barrell keeping rustic.

Hancock marvels, “Who would’ve imagined that a spot the place you have to wander down an alley, then ring a doorbell guiding a significant picket door to get in would very last this long but it absolutely has.”

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Rick Hancock

When Rick came back to just take around for his parents, he did make the position greater, additional tables and a really very good sizing bar at the rear of the eating area.

He claims, “It took us about 8 months, but we opened up in December.”

Rick tinkered with some new ideas, like specializing in a massive variety of whiskeys and bourbons, even one with his identify on the label.

“It’s been enjoyable,” he suggests. “I genuinely get pleasure from this.”

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A bottle of straight whiskey.

But it is even now the identical rusty barrel that cooks steaks to purchase, even now the exact salad bar, the very same alley entrance and still the same faithful shoppers who insist he retain to the principles that make this position the establishment it has grow to be.

Hancock confirms, “I’m however the caretaker of almost everything my people created over the decades.”

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