Meal time is a special time for Shaun Bhow.
“From a purely selfish perspective, I want to eat,” he said. “I want to eat great food. When I’m out in other cities, I always think to myself, ‘Why can’t Tulsa have this in terms of different kinds of cuisines?’
“I don’t want to have to leave the state to go get great soup dumplings.”
Bhow is working to satisfy some of the cravings.
He is planning a 11,500-square-foot, micro food hall concept called Greenwood Social in the Bhow family’s newest enterprise on the corner of First Street and Greenwood Avenue. To be located on the ground floor of the mixed-used development 111 Greenwood, formerly called Hartford Crossing, the space is intended to house six to eight independent food vendors.
“We were weighing our options on what would be the right fit in this area,” Bhow said. “I’ve always been passionate about developing spaces and places that people interact with. This was a really unique opportunity for us to do something for ourselves on the ground floor.
“This will perfectly suit a big demand for high quality, chef-driven, fast-casual options.”
He and his father, Neal Bhow, are developing 111 Greenwood, as well as the roughly $7 million refurbishing of the next-door Hartford Building (110 S. Hartford Ave.) into a 74,000-square-foot office building.
The top four floors of 111 Greenwood will be 55 apartment units ranging from about 565 to 810 square feet, Shaun Bhow said.
The building was recently one of two affordable housing projects to be awarded $500,000 in low-interest loans from the Tulsa Development authority.
Total investment for the five-story development, which could break ground in November and open in early 2020, is about $11 million, with about $2.5 million devoted to Greenwood Social, he said.
“I don’t think everyone has an hour-plus to devote to lunch,” Bhow said. “People shouldn’t have to compromise because they are strapped on time. This will be something to offer to them.
“A large group of co-workers or friends who are indecisive and don’t want to choose one specific type of food, they can all come here and each person can get what they want and still eat together.”