A world famous dining destination
The Rusty Barrell Supper Club was founded in 1974 originally as a private club that seated only two-dozen people, and patrons cooked their own steaks.
In 1976, Bill and Judy Coddington bought the restaurant. Their son Rick Hancock and his wife Kim are the current owners of the Rusty Barrell. Hancock and his wife are both from Ponca City graduating in 1977. They moved back to Ponca City to take over the business and are living in his parent’s old historic home.
The Rusty Barrell’s main objective is to “exceed the customer’s expectations.”
“Now we’re back in Ponca City, trying to make a positive impact,” said Rick Hancock. “We’re just trying to give back and provide a cool environment for the people of Ponca City to come and socialize, eat a good steak.”
The Rusty Barrell has expanded significantly since its inception. The restaurant has a newly installed lounge area and a banquet. The restaurant has benefited from the support of the people in the community with many celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and proposals.
Additionally, the restaurant sees people from all over the country and across more than 66 countries come to The Rusty Barrell and the word of mouth has helped make the restaurant a popular tourist site.
“Its kind of a special place and we’re just here to keep it going,” said Hancock.
Hancock’s favorite part of the job is the variety of people he gets to meet.
“The people you meet and the stories you hear,” said Hancock. “People come in from all over the world.”
The Rusty Barrell has a website that people can use to make reservations, a Facebook page, and they have weekly posts from MyMediaMatters.
“We’ve been blessed to have the support from Ponca City and the surrounding area,” said Hancock.