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Tishomingo braces for Blake Shelton restaurant debut

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Blake Shelton's Ole Red restaurant in Tishomingo will celebrate its grand opening on Friday. (KTEN) Blake Shelton's Ole Red restaurant in Tishomingo will celebrate its grand opening on Friday. (KTEN)
Tishomingo's population could surge by 15 times with the opening of Ole Red. (KTEN) Tishomingo's population could surge by 15 times with the opening of Ole Red. (KTEN)

TISHOMINGO, Okla. -- This small Texoma city is getting ready for big crowds this weekend for the grand opening of Blake Shelton's new restaurant, Ole Red.

Johnston County Sheriff Jon Smith said they've already called for backup to help with crowd control.

Tishomingo is home to around 4,000, but the latest projections indicate that the downtown block party for Ole Red could bring a surge of nearly 60,000.

That brings a host of potential problems, with the main concern being parking.

"We have had a series of meetings for over a month in relation to not only that problem, but others as well that we anticipate," Sheriff Smith said.

Bethany Willard of the Leopard Vine Boutique said this isn't the first time local businesses have had to deal with big crowds.

"When the Pink Pistol [Miranda Lambert's boutique] was here, they did Pink Friday on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving," Willard said. "They closed off Main Street, they had vendors and everything."

But past crowds won't compare to what downtown Tish is expecting this weekend.  Smith said his best advice is to plan ahead, find a parking spot where you can, and prepare to do some walking.

The nearest parking spot could be as far as the Dollar General Market, which is more than a mile away from Ole Red. If you're luckier, you might find a space at the Sooner Foods parking lot, just under half a mile from the new restaurant.

"There are, of course, some schools and such as that, public parking areas around, but I suspect they are going to fill up pretty quick," Sheriff Smith said.

Blake Shelton will perform at a private event at Ole Red on Friday, and the restaurant is closed to the public. The grand opening is on Saturday, with a block party and concert events.



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