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Developer Midtown Renaissance Group buys former Boulevard Cafeteria

Developer Midtown Renaissance Group has purchased the former Boulevard Cafeteria property near NW 11 and N Dewey, one of the last few remaining pieces of real estate to be redeveloped in the area. 

"We are currently working on plans and trying to find what the highest and best use for the property," said Chris Fleming, a partner in Midtown Renaissance.

Bob Howard and Mickey Clagg are also partners in the development group. 

Midtown Renaissance is working with Oklahoma City-based Fitzsimmons Architecture to evaluate possibilities for the property. 

"It's in pretty bad shape and we need to come up with something that's a good fit there," Fleming said. 

Property records show Midtown Renaissance purchased the Boulevard building and surrounding parking lots for $1.7 million in May.

The Boulevard building, built in 1976, sits on about 1.3 acres of land on a prime corner in Midtown near Saint Anthony Hospital.

Midtown Renaissance has redeveloped more than 30 properties in Midtown, including the former Marion Hotel at NW 10 and Broadway.

Oklahoma City restaurateur Garland Arrington opened the Boulevard in 1948, an era before the proliferation of fast food restaurants overtook cafeteria-style dining in many American cities.

The Boulevard closed its doors after 67 years in December 2015. 

Arrington also owned the long-gone Route 66 restaurant Garland's Drive-In from 1939 to 1950. It was once at NW 22 and Broadway.

John Schroer Sr. and Pat Denham purchased the Boulevard in 1956 when it was located at NW 10 and Dewey Avenue. The eatery moved to its present location at 525 NW 11 in the 1970s.

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<p>The Boulevard Cafeteria in Midtown closed its doors in December 2015, ending a 68-year run. [Photo By Dave Cathey, The Oklahoman]</p>

The Boulevard Cafeteria in Midtown closed its doors in December 2015, ending a 68-year run. [Photo By Dave Cathey, The Oklahoman]

<figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-cddb6ec1c31f5cdfea77a4891ed36a0a.jpg" alt="Photo - The Boulevard Cafeteria in Midtown closed its doors in December 2015, ending a 68-year run. [Photo By Dave Cathey, The Oklahoman] " title=" The Boulevard Cafeteria in Midtown closed its doors in December 2015, ending a 68-year run. [Photo By Dave Cathey, The Oklahoman] "><figcaption> The Boulevard Cafeteria in Midtown closed its doors in December 2015, ending a 68-year run. [Photo By Dave Cathey, The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-049220715098d5c6b0e75c07664a5908.jpg" alt="Photo - The former Boulevard Cafeteria at 525 NW 11 in Oklahoma City was bought last month by developers who are considering what to do with the Midtown property. [Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman] " title=" The former Boulevard Cafeteria at 525 NW 11 in Oklahoma City was bought last month by developers who are considering what to do with the Midtown property. [Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman] "><figcaption> The former Boulevard Cafeteria at 525 NW 11 in Oklahoma City was bought last month by developers who are considering what to do with the Midtown property. [Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-994ae28fb122c7854f86d2a418a2f941.jpg" alt="Photo - The Boulevard Cafeteria serves up meals in its heyday in this 2011 photo. The business closed last year, ending a 68-year run. [Oklahoman Archives Photo] " title=" The Boulevard Cafeteria serves up meals in its heyday in this 2011 photo. The business closed last year, ending a 68-year run. [Oklahoman Archives Photo] "><figcaption> The Boulevard Cafeteria serves up meals in its heyday in this 2011 photo. The business closed last year, ending a 68-year run. [Oklahoman Archives Photo] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-cddb6ec1c31f5cdfea77a4891ed36a0a.jpg" alt="Photo - The Boulevard Cafeteria in Midtown closed its doors in December 2015, ending a 68-year run. [Photo By Dave Cathey, The Oklahoman] " title=" The Boulevard Cafeteria in Midtown closed its doors in December 2015, ending a 68-year run. [Photo By Dave Cathey, The Oklahoman] "><figcaption> The Boulevard Cafeteria in Midtown closed its doors in December 2015, ending a 68-year run. [Photo By Dave Cathey, The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure>
Brianna Bailey

Brianna Bailey joined The Oklahoman in January 2013 as a business writer. During her time at The Oklahoman, she has walked across Oklahoma City twice, once north-to-south down Western Avenue, and once east-to-west, tracing the old U.S. Route 66.... Read more ›

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