Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Elote Cafe and Catering Enters Ring for Late-Night Tulsa

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Elote Cafe and Catering Enters Ring for Late-Night Tulsa

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Elote Cafe and Catering will soon provide two important pieces to downtown Tulsa's economic puzzle - Mexican wrestling tournaments and late-night liquor.

"You have to do something different in order to bring people downtown Tulsa," said owner and chef Libby Auld, who opened Elote two years ago at Fifth Street and Boston Avenue, in the old site of Nelson's Buffeteria. "You can't just open the same thing you have at 31st and Harvard and expect it to work downtown. You have to have something unique."

On May 5, Auld will add about 1,500 square feet to the estimated 3,000-square-foot Mexican restaurant, featuring a 16-foot-long eco- friendly bar and a 10-foot Luchador wrestling ring.

By extending Elote's hours to 2 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday nights, Auld hopes to become the first successful skyscraper district restaurant in many years to provide early morning service.

"We're kind of taking a gamble here, staying open late night," she admitted. "We'll kind of let business tell us how to handle it."

Elote will boast live entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays. The forming troupe of Luchador wrestlers will hold tournaments every other Thursday night.

"Mexican wrestling is the second most popular sport in Mexico," she said. "Several WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) wrestlers were Luchadors before they made it to WWE."

Like American professional wrestling, the theatrical events mix humorous good guy-bad guy story lines with sweaty grappling.

Keeping with the Luchador masked tradition, she could not reveal the identities of the former college wrestlers forming Elote's stable. They have signed up five combatants, male and female, with hopes of reaching 12. Those interested in auditioning should e-mail eloteluchadors@gmail.com.

"It only makes sense that we would have some Luchadors in downtown Tulsa," she said. "It's definitely going to be a learning experience, but the guys who are in charge of the ring are very excited about it. …

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