Widgets Magazine
  • Rococo owner to open new downtown restaurant and bar

    Not long after the City of Oklahoma City paid consultants for a series of recommendations on how to bring more life and retail to downtown's Park Avenue, a new restaurant and bar is set to start construction in one of the spaces that had been identified as key.

    Plans have been filed for the ground floor of the northwest corner of Oklahoma Tower, a prime spot that faces Park and Harvey and also opens onto a large patio that to date has been underutilized.

    See the Park Avenue Retail Study here.

    Dubbed The Manhattan Bar, the smallish 1,500 square foot space will feature a 12-seat bar area along with indoor and outdoor table seating.

    Bruce Rinehart of Rococo is behind the venture which will feature cocktails and small plates for lunch and dinner.

    The Manhattan will join other recent dining and drinking establishments in the Central Business District, such as Mahogany, Flint, Vast and Kitchen No. 324.

    The timing of the new spot coincides with the final touches of Project 180 work along Park and Harvey which has completely rebuilt streets, sidewalk and streetscape in the CBD.

    Additional important and bordering Project 180 work is in progress: The creation of a heavily landscaped pedestrian plaza between Oklahoma, Corporate and Devon Towers.

    The $3.2 million project started a few months ago and should be complete sometime after the first of the year and convert what has largely been surface parking to walkways, benches and gardens.

    The work on Manhattan should start in the next two months.
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