We recently took a road trip to Oklahoma City, Ok and found The Collective. This place is extraordinary and a pleasant surprise. When you first walk in you see several mini restaurants lined up and plenty of seating. This is not just a building filled with mini restaurants, they have a 40-foot full bar with 32 rotational taps and a coffee shop, and often have live music. A true food mall, with a twist.
We ran into the manager, Deprecia. She is an amazing host and very knowledgeable. She showed us around and filled us in on the inspiration for The Collective.
They opened in 2019 and were hit hard when covid happened. With the rooftop patio that seats almost 100 people, they were able to welcome patrons back to the business. When you visit don’t forget to take your pooch, the patio is dog friendly.
Most of the mini restaurants are a step up from a food truck and gives the owners the ability to learn what it takes to run a full restaurant. They gain many skills like managing their product, what sells, what doesn’t, and cost of supplies. With this knowledge many of these small kitchens move on to open full restaurants.
Did I mention they also allow local artists to sell their artwork here too? I was amazed at the beautiful pieces hung on the walls!
We really enjoyed our visit here and will come back when we are in Oklahoma City. Besides, I didn’t get to try all the restaurants yet!