Jason Scarpa Gains Ownership of In the Raw
By EMILY RAMSEY
ROSE DISTRICT RESTAURATEUR: At right, diners walk through the door that leads to The Rooftop, which sits on the second floor, above In the Raw in Broken Arrow’s Rose District. In December, Jason Scarpa, pictured at left, owner of Main Street Tavern and The Rooftop, took ownership of In the Raw Broken Arrow. With the change in ownership, In the Raw Broken Arrow is now open seven days a week, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
In the Raw, 216 S. Main St., located in downtown Broken Arrow’s Rose District, has a new owner. Jason Scarpa, owner of Main Street Tavern and The Rooftop, took ownership of In the Raw Broken Arrow in December. The restaurant is now a part of Scarpa Restaurant Concepts.
Scarpa opened his first Rose District restaurant in May 2011, with Main Street Tavern, an upscale gastropub featuring American-style cuisine.
Scarpa came to the Rose District just as the efforts to revitalize downtown Broken Arrow were beginning.
As the Rose District continued to grow and the city made its own investments, including its streetscaping projects, Scarpa considered his next move.
“When I opened the Tavern, my plan was to continue to grow,” he says. “I’m always having ideas of concepts to develop, but it needed to be the right time and happen in the right order.”
The right time and circumstances soon came.
As the Rose District continued to grow and the city made investments in the area, such as its streetscaping projects, Scarpa opened The Rooftop in October 2014.
The Rooftop sits on the second floor, above In the Raw, and feature outdoor covered and open-air seating as well as an indoor area with a bar and seating. The restaurant has a contemporary, modern feel but with a value-priced menu with no dish costing more than $12. The menu consists largely of pizzas.
The Rooftop currently offers various evening events, such as karaoke and trivia nights.
In the warmer months, Scarpa plans to offer evenings where customers can watch movies and live concerts on the 144-inch HD TV screen that is installed on the outdoor patio.
Since The Rooftop opened, Scarpa has been waiting to install an elevator in order to provide access for those unable to walk stairs.
Scarpa plans to close the restaurant temporarily at the beginning of February in order to install the elevator.
Scarpa’s recent acquisition of In the Raw was a convenient yet unexpected opportunity, he says.
“The opportunity just presented itself,” he continues. “And it helps to have all three restaurants close together. And all three concepts are completely different so there’s no overlap in the three ventures.”
In the Raw Broken Arrow is open seven days a week, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
The restaurant offers Martinis and Music night every Thursday, 6 – 9 p.m. The event features local musicians and specialty martinis.
In addition to sushi, In the Raw offers its popular salad, fish tacos, fried dishes, filet mignon and a children’s menu, as well as a full bar.