3 coffeehouses to open in downtown area in the coming month
BY SCOTT CHERRY World Restaurant Critic
Thursday, December 13, 2012
12/13/12 at 7:13 AM
A trio of coffeehouses with the added attractions of beer, wine and food are expected to open over the next three to four weeks in the downtown area.
Phoenix Cafe, 1302 E. Sixth St., will open Friday; Hodges Bend, 823 E. Third St., is hoping to be open in two to three weeks, and Chimera Cafe, 121 N. Main St., is shooting for early January.
If you want to be among the first customers to order a house-made bagel and cup of joe at Phoenix, plan to rise early Friday. It opens at 6:30 a.m.
Those who burn the other end of the candle can stop in for an Irish whiskey or glass of wine with some cheese fondue until the Phoenix closes at 2 a.m.
The Phoenix will have a full bar, six beers on tap, smoothies, Brooklyn-style boiled bagels, tabletop fondue, and s'mores made on a tabletop hibachi with house-made marshmallows.
"We also will have antipasto trays with meats and cheeses, soups, salads, and hot and cold sandwiches," general manager David Fell said.
The Phoenix's main dining area features a wide and colorful assortment of ceiling lamps, and a library room is surrounded by bookshelves holding a variety of books.
The Phoenix Cafe is owned by Blake Ewing, a city councilor and owner of Joe Momma's Pizza, among other downtown businesses.
Noah Bush, well-known mixologist who most recently worked at Doc's Wine & Food in Brookside, is opening Hodges Bend, along with Topeca Coffee owner John Gaberino.
"We will have a limited amount of food, things like meat and cheese boards," Bush said. "It will be interesting mixing the flavors of the meats and cheeses together, as well as with the drinks."
Hodges Bend is located on the east edge of downtown next door to Tulsa Deco winery.
"Tulsa Deco wines definitely will be on our wine list," Bush said.
Co-owners Jack Wood and Rob Stewart of Chimera Cafe said "small batch" wines also will be featured on its beverage list.
Chimera also will have beers, fruit juices, smoothies and a variety of specialty drinks.
The menu will be varied, too, with breakfast items, soups, salads and subs, many made with organic ingredients and suited for vegetarian diets.
"We originally thought we would be open before the end of the year, but it's looking like just after the first of the year now," Stewart said.
Chimera is located on the west side of Main Street in the Brady Arts District, just south of the Vanguard and Hunt Club.
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Workers have a bite to eat at the Phoenix Cafe at Sixth Street and Peoria Avenue in Tulsa. Construction on the combination coffeehouse bar is nearly done. MATT BARNARD / Tulsa World