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Hit the Bricks
Whether it’s hosting an after-church lunch or a rowdy Thunder watch party, this Texas County restaurant is all about community.
By Sheilah Bright
Published March/April 2014
It’s not uncommon to find Michael Davis hovering around a back table at Pub on the Bricks in Guymon, whittling hand-cut fries one minute and joking with three generations of Oklahoma Panhandle natives the next.
Davis, who owns the pub with his family, likes to work both the kitchen and the crowd at this former tractor repair warehouse, where customers clamor for the camaraderie as much as those deep-fried taters.
Though only a few years old, the pub has an interesting history. It originally opened down the street in 2010 and burned to the ground six months later.
Undeterred, Davis reopened in November 2011 in a gutted 1945 warehouse. He and his family wanted to open the kind of place where Guymon residents could treat Grandma and the kids to juicy pork tenderloin and lip-licking mac and cheese after Sunday church service. But come Monday evening, the place is full again with Thunder fans catching the basketball game over a cold craft beer and green chili bites—crunchy golden nuggets of green chilis and cheese.
“We wanted to open a place for families but with a sports bar feel, so we set up the front of the restaurant with a family-friendly atmosphere. The back is a little more up-tempo,” says Davis, who grew up rolling silverware and flipping steaks, burgers, and pancakes in many of the twenty-two restaurants his family has owned over the years in Oklahoma and Kansas. “We want everyone to feel comfortable coming here.”
On any given night, old men in fishing caps trade stories with a group of college students from Oklahoma Panhandle State University in nearby Goodwell as waitresses clear away cheeseburger baskets and catfish dinners to make room for apple tarts, fried ice cream, and chocolate cake.
With a menu of more than a dozen burgers and sandwiches, plus dinner items, Mexican dishes, appetizers, and salads, Pub on the Bricks is one of Guymon’s most popular restaurants.
Photo by MARK W. NAULT
On the back wall of the sports bar, an eighty-foot mural, painted by Panhandle State art students, depicts downtown Guymon circa 1903.
Bill Newman moved to Guymon in 1965. He remembers when Minneapolis Moline tractors were wedged in the back room, where folks now are sipping creek-cold mugs of beer and crunching on crispy steak fingers bobbing in rivers of pepper gravy. The distinguished cowboy sports a ten-gallon smile as he talks about how much he likes this place and the Davis family’s enthusiasm for the community.
“We eat here a lot. It’s good food and good company,” he says before turning to Davis. “In fact, I’ve been eating with your family for years.”
“Well, we like a slow poisoning,” Davis replies with a smile.
Small-town ribbing and rib-sticking food are the reasons folks pack the place almost every night. With more than twenty-five big-screen televisions, a forty-foot copper bar, pool tables, video games, and a jukebox, the Texas County pub is a lively presence that doesn’t see many quiet evenings.
“I knew what Guymon needed, and I knew the kind of place I wanted to create,” says Davis. “We try to give people that big-city feel without having to drive to Oklahoma City. Because way out here, that’s a long drive.”
Here in No Man’s Land, Pub on the Bricks is staking its claim as a comfort food homestead with a Panhandle-sized helping of fun around every corner.
Get There: Pub on the Bricks serves food daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the bar is open nightly until 2 a.m. 120 Northeast Fifth Street in Guymon. (580) 338-3463.