Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Something's Cooking in Kendall Whittier: New Restaurants Bolster Revival of Tulsa District

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Something's Cooking in Kendall Whittier: New Restaurants Bolster Revival of Tulsa District

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TULSA - A pair of restaurants promise new life for Whittier Square, the shopping center that anchors Tulsa's Kendall Whittier district.

"They're critically important to what we want to create in that district, which is a walkable place, where a person can park their car one time and enjoy dinner or a movie or enjoy a cup of coffee," said Ed Sharrer, executive director of the Kendall Whittier Main Street program. "It's critically important to foot traffic in the district."

The additions should appeal to a variety of tastes.

Calaveras Mexican Grill opened Oct. 16 in about 1,800 square feet at 2326 E. Admiral Blvd., just north of Circle Cinema at the southwest corner of Admiral and Lewis avenues.

Hoot Owl Coffee Co. expects to open by the end of this month in about 2,900 square feet directly across from Calaveras at 1 N. Lewis, co-owner Andrew Unruh said.

Calaveras offers a wide variety of dishes, all family recipes drawn from cuisine south of the border, co-owner David Molina said. With options ranging from seafood to steak and more traditional Mexican items, Molina estimated the average ticket at the 70-seat diner from a $7 lunch to $12 dinners.

"We've heard from a lot of our patrons that have visited the restaurant before coming to films," Circle Cinema Foundation Executive Director Stephanie LaFevers said. "It's all been real positive. They like the food. They like the convenience. A lot of people that are kind of aware of the situation of not having anything there for so long are pleased to see that it's occupied and vibrant. We've also noticed that there are lines out the door. That's a good thing."

Hoot Owl promises a more focused menu and more diversified activity. Coffee roasting represents the primary business for the company, which will relocate its operations from a smaller Broken Arrow warehouse. The new quarters should allow Hoot Owl to triple its current production of almost 1,000 pounds per month, said Unruh, who owns and operates Hoot Owl with his wife, Ashley, and partners Jeff and Kaitlyn Pelt.

Besides producing seasonal coffee for its 20-plus commercial customers, Unruh said, Hoot Owl's new headquarters will provide more than 1,000 square feet of retail space. …

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