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Dust Bowl offers the coolness of yore: classic 1970s alleys with polished lanes and borrowed shoes. Citizens of OKC, you are now free to eat and bowl to your heart’s content.

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The ownership of McNellie’s Group, known for its locations in Midtown, Norman and Tulsa, decided to add more fun to its roster of great beer joints and eateries.

The group recently opened Dust Bowl Lanes and Lounge and Fassler Hall at 421 NW 10th St., smack dab in the growing entertainment hub of Oklahoma City’s Midtown.

Dust Bowl offers the coolness of yore: classic 1970s alleys with polished lanes and borrowed shoes. Citizens of OKC, you are now free to eat and bowl to your heart’s content.

For those who have visited Fassler Hall and Dust Bowl Lanes and Lounge in Tulsa, you have a better idea of what awaits you in Midtown.

“We’re McNellie’s Group, so we have the Public House there, and we wanted to help bring that neighborhood up to speed. It was a ground-up, yearlong effort,” Brian Fontaine, general manager of the concept in Tulsa, said.

Fassler Hall features a German-inspired menu with sausages made in-house and schnitzel sandwiches. It also offers freshly made German pretzels, and its unique fries are cooked in duck fat.

“The Dust Bowl is kind of a 1970s vintage bowling alley. We have tots and onion burgers and hot dogs, finger food,” Fontaine said.

The two venues are connected, with Fassler Hall on one level and Dust Bowl Lanes and Lounge dominating another.

There are also plans for specialty nights, including league night. If the locations in Tulsa are any indication, they will be popular.

“We have league night there, and we fill it up every week,” Fontaine said.

As you can imagine, there will be a run on theme parties for birthdays and special occasions. For reservations, contact annie@dustbowlokc.com. For more information, visit fasslerhall.com.

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Holiday farmer

If you are driving on Lincoln Boulevard near the Capitol, you will see holiday decorations of a different stripe on the lawn of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF), 2800 N. Lincoln Blvd.

Students from Carl Albert Future Farmers of America put in many hours of work planning and implementing the holiday decorations — a larger-than-life farmer working in his field, which is lit for all to see — on ODAFF’s lawn. There are stalks of corn and tomato plants and a basket of harvested food next to the farmer, reminding Oklahomans of agriculture’s importance in feasts of all kinds.

The decorations will be up through the holiday season. To learn more about ODAFF, visit www.oda.state.ok.us.

Homemade bucatini with caviar, crab butter, mustard and dill, and a sparkling rose at Ludivine in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Homemade bucatini with caviar, crab butter, mustard and dill, and a sparkling rose at Ludivine in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014.

Ludivine New Year

Dining at Ludivine is delightful, especially during the holidays. This year’s New Year’s Eve menu is tailored for everyone, from the wildly adventurous to those who are tired of calling all the shots.

For $50 this New Year’s Eve, the restaurant offers three-course menu selections.

There will be 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. seatings with a champagne toast at midnight.

“If you want to just sit back and enjoy the evening and let us cook, you’re covered. I am excited to bring some special ingredients for those of you who are very trusting of us,” said co-owner and chef Jonathon Stranger.

There also will be wine pairings, champagne specials and other add-ons to further customize your holiday meal.

The level of customization is up to you, but chefs Stranger and Russ Johnson and their crew are ready for just about anything.

For more information or to make reservations, call 778-6800 or visit ludivineokc.com.

Print headline: Oompah!, Oklahoma owned and operated McNellie’s Group makes noise with its Oklahoma City franchise as it expands to include German fare and bowling.

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