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Developing an Appetite

Jul 28, 2016

The architectural rendering to the left shows outdoor eating spaces planned at Yokozuna, one of three restaurants in the development that plans to offer al fresco dining.

Fuzzy's Taco Shop will be the first tenant to open its doors in Chisholm Creek's Tract 30 development next week.

Construction is complete on the 80,000-square-foot, mixed-use development near Memorial Road at Western Avenue, and tenants are beginning to build out restaurant and office spaces in the building.

The new Fuzzy's is the brand's latest location in the state and features a full bar, as well as a large patio dining area.

Overlooking TopGolf, the location was ideal for Fuzzy's to expand its presence in the Oklahoma City metro, said Courtney Harp, marketing director for the Fuzzy's brand in Oklahoma.

"Chisholm Creek is a great location for us. We wanted to be located in an entertainment district because we work well in Bricktown and we thought it would be a good fit," Harp said.

Three restaurants will feature expansive patio and rooftop dining areas. Bill Wetterman, partner in the Chisholm Creek development, said he expects the restaurants will add energy to the area and make it an evening destination.

Anchor tenant, Republic Gastropub, will feature three levels of dining, including a rooftop terrace and patio dining.

“All three of these guys are kind of knocking it out of the park with what they are doing,” Wetterman said.

There still are a few spaces yet to be leased for offices or retailers on the second level of the Tract 30 development, but Chisholm Creek developer the Medallion Group expects to have the property fully leased by year's end, said Whitney Rainbolt, spokeswoman for the developer.

Work has continued on time or even slightly ahead of schedule on the 180-acre Chisholm Creek development, despite an extended depression in crude oil prices that have slowed the local economy, Wetterman said.

Additional retail development on the west side of the Chisholm Creek project, on Highland Park Drive at Pennsylvania Avenue, is next up for the development. The project, called Westgate at Chisholm Creek, will probably include four or five national and local retail tenants.

Another piece of the Chisholm Creek development will be the Pointe at Chisholm Creek, featuring a hotel with retail space below and several large restaurants ringing the lake.

The entire Chisholm Creek development is designed to be interconnected with sidewalks and walking trails, Rainbolt said.

“Our goal at Chisholm Creek is to really emphasize the outdoor spaces,” she said.

Chisholm Creek soon expects to announce the names of multiple new retail and restaurant tenants, many of them new to the market, Rainbolt said.

“Things are speeding up and we are going to start announcing some deals pretty quickly,” she said.

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