Perhaps Bricktown's oldest existing structure, the Wells Fargo building at 115 East Reno, is headed into its second century with a new twist. This historic landmark is now home to Bricktown’s newest restaurant and pub - Rooster’s Chicken and Beer.
According to the Historic Preservation and Landmark Commission, the building was built in 1906. The building has 18-inch-thick solid brick walls and was originally part of a U.S. Military Reservation where soldiers camped to disperse Sooners entering Oklahoma territory illegally before 1889.
After statehood, the building was used by Wells Fargo until 1917 when it discontinued the Overland Express Operation. It was then owned by the American Railway Express Co. from 1918 to 1954.
The historic character of the building has been carefully restored to create a unique and novel setting for Rooster’s. Located on the north side of Reno, across from Harkins Theatre, Rooster’s is the perfect location for a quick beer before a show, or the full chicken and sides experience for the big game. With 5 high definition big screens and surround sound, there is not a bad seat in the house. Pair that, with the college and professional basketball seasons
hitting full stride, pro football playoffs and college bowl games, and you have found Rooster’s.
With old man winter in the City, there are few things that will warm you up as quickly as this cozy neighborhood pub. The menu is simple – half or whole fried chicken – choice of crispy fried okra or fries and finish it off with the dessert of the day. Roosters starts with the top secret family recipe for homemade fried chicken and adds their family recipe for hand battered and fried okra that is out of this world. The perfect blend of old and new says Lew Davis, founder and owner of Rooster’s.
Lew was born in Broken Arrow, just outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He then spread his wings and traveled along the east coast, and later the plains states working in audiology. Determined to experience as much of our great nation as possible, Lew has been all over the United States, assisting those with the misfortune of hearing loss.
Upon his return to Oklahoma, he settled down in OKC and decided to put the family’s delicious secret chicken recipe to the test. After years of planning – he found the perfect place to set up shop. Rooster’s on Reno.