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.
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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.