A tradition since 1926, the Coney Island Hot Weiner shop is the second-oldest continuously operated restaurant in Tulsa (after Ike’s Chili). Coney Island was originally located in the Tulsa World building at 311 S. Boulder. In 1946 the restaurant moved to 108 W. 4th St. and in 1995 moved to 123 W. Fourth St in the former Downtowner Motel. The restaurant moved back to 108 W. 4th Street in 2012 as the motel was slated to be torn down to make way for a parking lot (because Downtown Tulsa needs more of those!) In 2015 Coney Island will find a new home in the Brady District.
When I photographed the former Downtowner Motel in 2008 it was rundown and neglected. It would have been nice if someone had been able to save this example of mid century architecture and return it to its former glory as a motel. Part of the reason I started Forgotten Tulsa was to document locations just like this-places that now just exist in pictures and in memories.
Have you ever had a fried apple pie from McDonald's? If so, odds are that the iconic dessert you enjoyed was made right here in Tulsa, Oklahoma! Since 1965 Bama Pie Company has been a major supplier of the fried pies for McDonald's-producing over one million pies daily. At the end of the twentieth century the company was one of the nation's largest manufacturers of flour-based products.
Founded in 1927 in Dallas, Texas, by Henry and Alabama Marshall, the Bama Pie Shop originally served a small clientele but gradually had customers in other Texas communities. The Marshalls' son Paul established a branch in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1937 that became the company's headquarters. Link
This 2012 Youtube video details more of the history of Bama Pie in Tulsa and also talks to some current employees about their experiences. Seems like a great place to work!
Started in 2007, Forgotten Tulsa's goal is to document the city's rich history. Any pictures that I have not created will be credited. All suggestions and memories are encouraged and appreciated. Follow on Instagram @forgottentulsa.