A high-profile but vacant property at 1701 N. Classen Boulevard has sold to local developers.

The Dan Dill Companies purchased the building and 1.1 acres of land last month for $500,000 and are exploring development options.

The large and elaborate structure is on the northwest corner of NW 16th & Classen, an intersection that serves as a key gateway to the rapidly emerging Plaza District.

The building itself has a colorful history. Built in 1949 for Herman's, it was one of Oklahoma's first seafood restaurants and also featured a fish market.

In 1968, the Val Gene's restaurant group bought the restaurant and continued to operate it under the Herman's name, until converting it to Zucchini's in 1976.

In 1978, it became the popular Triple's Restaurant and operated until the late 90's.

Sometime thereafter it was purchased and operated as Marcos 3 Mexican Restaurant before it closed completely.

The property had been sought by several developers who were frustrated by a seemingly unmotivated seller. This acquisition was the culmination of over a year's work on part of the new owners.