Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Upscale Market Planned for NW 23rd Street in OKC

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Upscale Market Planned for NW 23rd Street in OKC

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Two restaurateurs in Oklahoma City have found success in an old flower shop, an abandoned car dealership and a neighborhood retail center built in the 1940s.

Their next project is in a rundown former gas station facing NW 23rd Street.

Heather and Keith Paul, of A Good Egg Group, had been eyeing the former Phillips 66 station for several years, at 401 NW 23rd St., which sits next to their flagship restaurant Cheever's Cafe.

But the station wasn't for sale, and was occupied by an auto repair shop.

Last year, however, the Paul's were able to buy the station, then they gave the tenant time to move, and now plan a major renovation to open an upscale market and catering kitchen.

The store will be called Market C-the C as in Cheever's-and offer a variety of main dishes and side dishes from Cheever's kitchen.

It will also offer rubs and sauces for meats from their Red Prime Steak restaurant, selections from Iron Starr Urban BBQ, and pre-cut meats and some bakery items.

"We are going to take a gas station that faces one of the city's main thoroughfares and transform it from something once forgotten to something unique and thriving," Keith Paul said.

Market C, in a 1,360 square-foot building from 1935, is just the latest property the Keith's have breathed new life into in the inner city.

Cheever's, at 2409 N. Hudson Ave., is the former Cheever's flower shop, and was built in 1937. Cheever's Cafe opened eight years ago.

Red Prime Steak, at 504 N. Broadway Ave., was built as a Buick dealership in 1911. The building was vacant for decades but renovated as the restaurant last year.

Iron Starr Urban BBQ sits on the corner of a brick structure at 3700 N. Shartel Ave. Built in 1943; Iron Starr replaced another restaurant in the space and opened in 2002.

Brian Fitzsimmons is the architect for the Market C project. The Paul's contacted him to design the market but had a pretty good idea of how they wanted the building to look on the inside and outside.

Fitzsimmons is also involved in renovation efforts at the neighboring Tower Theater. …

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