Flavored soda and sweets chain opening first location in Oklahoma
By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
Midwest City is getting a new drink stop.
Swig, a popular flavored soda and sweets chain, plans to open a drive-thru location at 2500 S. Air Depot Blvd.
It will be the Utah-based company’s first location in Oklahoma. Savory Restaurant Fund, the parent company of Swig, plans to add five locations in the state.
Swig bought the .38-acre property from the Midwest City Memorial Hospital Authority for $125,000 less closing costs. The Midwest City Memorial Hospital Authority, which is comprised of the city council members, approved the sale of the land during a meeting on Dec. 8.
The site for the new drive-thru is located south of the Schlotzsky’s Deli. It is the last open parcel in the Town Center Plaza development created about two decades ago.
Robert Coleman, economic development director for Midwest City, said the city has had a tough time marketing the property due to its size and limited access. Another Oklahoma City-based restaurant company expressed interest in the site but pulled back due to access problems and the coronavirus pandemic.
Swig expressed interest in the property in September. The drive-thru has a small footprint and does not include indoor seating.
“Savory is one of the fastest growing American restaurateurs with several different brands. We feel the sale of the property is good for the Authority and having a Swig in Midwest City will be good for the city,” Coleman said.
Construction is expected to being soon. The store is slated to open in June of 2021. It will employ about 18-25 people.
The menu features a variety of house-made concoctions that put a tasteful twist on the traditional fountain drink. They include popular sodas, Reviver energy drinks and Refresher drinks with sparkling water.
The best seller is Raspberry Dream, which includes Dr. Pepper with raspberry puree and coconut cream on top.
Customers also have the option to create their own unique mixture.
Swig also serves a variety of cookies. Their most popular is the sugar cookie that is served cold with a layer of pink icing.
“Serving them cold brings out different flavors and they are absolutely delicious,” said Alonso Castañeda, VP of Brand Development and Strategy for Savory.
Swig was founded by Nicole and Todd Tanner in 2010. The couple enjoyed fountain drinks served with pebble ice and wanted to open a store selling various twists on popular sodas. They opened their first location across the street from Dixie State University in St. George, Utah and quickly expanded into multiple states.