Mother Road Market, a mix of culinary businesses curated by the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, has a launch date.
Kicking off a weekend of activities, the $5.5 million food hall will open at 10 a.m. Nov. 2 at 1124 S. Lewis Ave., beside Route 66. Close to 20 businesses will be housed in the facility, which is the renovated 1939 Scrivner-Stevens Grocery building.
“Mother Road Market embodies so many things that are deeply personal to our family — the concepts of entrepreneurship and innovation and the rich history of Route 66,” Kathy Taylor, LTFF founding board member, said in a statement. “Opening Mother Road Market is like inviting Tulsans and tourists into the fabric of our family. It’s truly special.”
Grand-opening weekend activities will include live music, live screen-printing from Mythic Press and chances to play the nine-hole Mother Road Mini Golf, which features Route 66 themes. Saturday is part of Tulsa Farmers’ Market Winter Market, and a yoga class by Everyone Yoga School will be taught that morning (for a $5 fee).
Mother Road Market will blend established restaurateurs — Andolini’s trying out new concepts and Metropolis focusing on sandwiches and frankfurters — and foodies entering the industry for the first time. Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to introduce their products in a 320-square-foot, small-shop model.
“We really value the opportunity to use this project as a way to decrease barriers for our local entrepreneurs,” foundation CEO Elizabeth Frame Ellison said in a statement. “Mother Road Market gives entrepreneurs and business owners an opportunity to test their restaurant and retail concepts in a low-risk way.”
Customers will be able to browse specialty gift items in the retail stores and purchase fresh ingredients such as local produce, meat and dairy. The WEL Bar will have coffee options and alcoholic drinks that can be carried throughout the food hall.
Kitchen 66, Tulsa’s kickstart kitchen and a program of LTFF, is housed at Mother Road Market and will operate Kitchen 66 Takeover Cafe and Kitchen 66 General Store there. The complex also will feature a demonstration kitchen for cooking classes, indoor and outdoor seating areas, rentable event spaces and children’s play areas.