TULSA – A development plan for a new Community Food Destination on the 11th and Lewis in Tulsa was announced on Wednesday.
Mother Road Market, a $ 5.5 million project announced by the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, will showcase local food in an area of 640 square feet to accommodate restaurant pop-ups. There will also be 17 shops, a bar, indoor and outdoor seating, children’s activities, and special event spaces.
$ 5.5M Mother Road Market comes in 11th and S Lewis. Community food destination modeled on @ kitchen66tulsa. @LobeckTaylorFF @ KJRH2HD pic.twitter.com/D871gktdxJ
– Brian Sanders (@BrianKJRH) July 26, 2017
Located in the historic Scrivner-Stevens food building from 1939, the market is designed to connect entrepreneurs, restaurants, and tourists along Route 66.
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate two decades of community engagement by announcing this groundbreaking project that Tulsans and tourists alike can enjoy,” said CEO Elizabeth Frame Ellison. “LTFF has demonstrated its commitment to building an ecosystem for Tulsa’s food business operators, which comes from the implementation of Kitchen 66. After Kitchen 66 grew so quickly, we knew we were ready to take this next step in building the Tulsa food community.
Over the past 20 years, LTFF has provided over $ 20 million in grants to over 100 fellows. Each of these scholarship holders and partners has left a positive mark on our community. It really is a family foundation with our four board members Bill, me, Elizabeth and Molly – and we like to think our fellows and partners will become part of our extended family, ”said Kathy Taylor, founding member of the board. “The Mother Road Market will surely help us carry on our legacy of improving the city we love.”
Andolini’s Tulsa staple is expected to hit the market as anchor tenants.
The LTFF hopes that its investment in building the market will help revitalize the Route 66 corridor on 11th Street.
It is scheduled to open in spring 2018.
“In addition to being a cornerstone of the local community, the Mother Road Market strives to be a catalytic pilot to revitalizing Route 66 and engaging residents and tourists alike with the spirit of Mother Road,” said Ellison. “It will be a place where everyone can shop, try and experiment with something new – and have the opportunity to connect with the personal story of the entrepreneur who serves them. It’s not just about amazing food, it’s also about connectivity. “
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