Widgets Magazine
  • More housing, restaurants and infill for the Plaza District

    The Plaza District continues to boom, with scores of new projects planned or underway in the immediate area including a new surge in housing.

    Watch our news partner KFOR-TV tonight 9/6/17 at 6PM for on-camera interviews and more.



    Aurora, Pritchard Wine Bar and Easy E have all recently opened in the area, adding to an already robust restaurant and bar scene.

    Aurora features breakfast and lunch in a quaint setting, with a backyard patio and small eating area outside along 16th. Pritchard brings a new level of sophistication to the Plaza, with small plates, wine and craft cocktails. Easy E is an extension of the ultra-popular Empire Slice House, handling all carryout orders as well as slices and beer with a small amount of seating inside and out.

    The Press, form the proprietors of The Mule and Anchor Down, will be the most ambitious venture yet in the Plaza, taking the old Northside Printing facility and fully renovating with a dining area, separate bar and a large covered outdoor patio. The Press will open later this year and offer Southwest comfort food with an emphasis on fresh ingredients.


    Housing prices and rents continue to rise in the area, as the historic charm and walkable amenities serve as strong draws.

    Ben Sellers recently completed 14 apartments and 3,000 square feet of retail at the Plaza Lofts on 16th & McKinley, with plans for 8 more units at 15th & McKinley. Sellers and his partners at the Pivot are in the process of renovating two small apartment buildings at 19th and 20th and Blackwelder, and plan an ambitious 48-unit apartment and commercial project which will serve as a gateway to the district at 16th and Classen. Jeff Johnson is also a partner on the Blackwelder properties.

    Just behind the Velvet Monkey along Blackwelder are two long-vacant historic structures being fully renovated into apartments.

    At 15th and Blackwelder and just south of The Mule, plans have been filed to build an apartment complex on land currently used as a community garden.

    The Klein is a 6-unit townhouse / condominium project nearing completion at 1140 NW 13th.

    Office & Retail

    Plaza pioneer Jeff Struble is planning a 4,800 square foot office building at 1804 NW 16th, just to the east of Chiltepes restaurant.

    At 1630 N. Blackwelder, the buildings that house Goro Ramen and The Mule have been fully renovated with office space complimenting the two restaurants.

    Across the street at 1829 NW 16th, a plan has recently been approved to replace a small duplex with a 2-story commercial project with a patio facing the street.

    And William Shdeed has recently completely restored a small brick building at 1708 N. Gatewood which is now home to the Rough Hand Collective, offering hand-made leather items and other goods.

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