FOODIE APPEAL: A rendering of the exterior of the Mother Road Market, a $5.5 million foodie destination, unveiled recently to be located at 11th Street and Lewis Avenue, along historic Route 66.
The Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation () recently celebrated 20 years of service to the Tulsa community.
With its anniversary celebration, the foundation announced its planned $5.5 million foodie destination in the historic 1939 Scrivner-Stevens Grocery building at 11th Street and Lewis Avenue, along Route 66.
The project, to be called Mother Road Market, aims to connect entrepreneurs, residents, and tourists and is envisioned to be a vibrant community food destination that will allow Tulsans and tourists to enjoy Tulsa’s favorite neighborhood restaurants and new food concepts all under one roof.
The concept also emphasizes ’s investment in the Tulsa food scene, capitalizing on the success of its food incubator Kitchen 66.
Mother Road Market will be approximately 26,000 square feet and feature 16 shops at 320 square feet each.
It will also include a bar, a 640-square-foot space to house restaurant pop-ups, an indoor/outdoor seating area, children’s activities, and special event space.
Food entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to use the small shop model to pilot test their latest concepts without the financial investment of opening a full scale restaurant, noted Elizabeth Frame Ellison.
Kitchen 66 will also expand its commercial kitchen space offerings, with 2,800 square feet and a 640-square-foot demonstration kitchen for cooking classes and more. Kitchen 66 has currently served over 60 food entrepreneurs, hailing from 10 different countries.
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate two decades of community engagement than by announcing this groundbreaking project that Tulsans and tourists alike will be able to enjoy,” said Ellison. “LTFF has demonstrated commitment to building an ecosystem for Tulsa’s food entrepreneurs, as seen through the implementation of Kitchen 66.
“After seeing Kitchen 66 grow so rapidly, we knew we were ready to take this next step in building Tulsa’s food community.”
Joining Mother Road Market as an anchor tenant will be local favorite Andolini’s Pizzeria.
Leasing is expected to begin in August and will be handled by Fox + Allen Realty.
Construction for the project is expected to break ground also in August, with design by Selser Schaefer Architects. Project completion is expected to be late spring 2018.