Business Times of Edmond, Oklahoma March 2020 - Page 10

Experience the Tastes and Treats of the Edmond Railyard BY VAN MITCHELL | PHOTOS BY KAREN MOORE C hris Anderson and his business partner Casey Massegee with the Grant Group, had been successful with several Edmond ventures. So when the opportunity arose to purchase a former lumberyard building at 23 West 1st Street, they jumped at it. The result is the Edmond Railyard, which includes six restaurants, a bar serving wine, craft cocktails, craft beer, as well as a cigar room upstairs, and two office spaces that house an oil and gas company, and a human resources firm. “We own a handful of buildings in downtown Edmond, so when we heard that this building was available, we knew we wanted to own it. It is a 20,000-square foot building in downtown Edmond and those are hard to come by,” Anderson said. Anderson said the building design needed some work.  “Our initial plan was to make it office warehouse space,” he said. “We soon realized there was more potential here.” Anderson said they traveled to Atlanta, Ga., to look at several projects that had taken large industrial buildings and turned them into a restaurant arena. “We created this pedestrian walkthrough where essentially all these restaurants have frontage with the same visibility, and they all benefit from each other,” he said. “It came out exactly as we had envisioned it.” Enjoying ice cream at Cities Ice Cream are Stacy Oakes, Everly Oakes, and Brooklin Benn. 10 March 2020 | The Business Times