Developers Hope 'The Rise' Will Improve Dilapidated OKC District - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

Developers Hope 'The Rise' Will Improve Dilapidated OKC District

Posted: Updated:
Developers hope for district improvement Developers hope for district improvement
OKLAHOMA CITY -

More restaurants and shops are set to open this month along NW 23rd Street.

The new retail center is called 'The Rise,' which developers hope will turn around the dilapidated district.

Construction is well underway, and Gusto is just one of the restaurants at 23rd Street and Walker Avenue.

Chefs are trying out the menu for friends and family before the big grand opening.

"It's the first authentic Neapolitan pizza place in Oklahoma City," said co-owner Chris Lower.

The pizzas cook in about 90 seconds inside a 900-degree oven hand-built in Naples, Italy.

“We sort of built the building around it, it weighs 5,000 pounds, so we don't move it around much,” said Lower.

Serving everything from pizza to lamb chops, Gusto, which means 'taste' in Italian, will be giving just that to the Uptown 23rd District.

"If you told me 20 years ago, this would be developing this way, I wouldn't have believed it."

Chris Lower along with business partner Kathryn Mathis, also owns Big Truck Tacos, Mutt's Amazing Hot Dogs, and Back Door Barbecue all on 23rd Street.

Next door to Gusto is the Pump Bar, which will is also a part of The Rise.

"It's a shopping center, a mixed-use of restaurants and bars," said developer Johnathan Russell of Land Run Commercial Real Estate Advisors.

About a dozen shops will be inside the retail center, including a fitness center, furniture store, boutique and even a day spa.

“We just felt it was well-positioned, it's really right in the middle of great neighborhoods, it's on 23rd Street which is a very busy thoroughfare, close to the State Capitol and close to the University,” Russell said.

Costing about $6 million, Russell said he hopes The Rise will lift up the once booming shopping area.

“I think you'll see the area really come along now that this is going to be finished, I think you'll see these other shops start to transform,” he said.

Gusto, The Pump and fitness center are expected to open in the next couple of weeks, once the big parking lot completed.

Special Features

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

Politics

Breaking political news & the latest headlines from the state capitol & D.C.

Radars

See where weather is happening using our live interactive radars.

Technology

Spend your money wisely with reviews of new tech gadgets & the latest news in technology.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive
Powered by Frankly
News 9
7401 N. Kelley Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
News9.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KWTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.