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Café 7 opens in First National Center

“Prime” retail space at First National Center taken by Café 7
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: August 9, 2012

After successfully opening restaurants in northwest Oklahoma City and in downtown Tulsa, Paul Sorrentino wanted only the “100 percent corner” before venturing into downtown Oklahoma City.

Sorrentino got just that with the opening this week of his second “Cafe 7” at First National Center at the corner of Park and Robinson Avenues. The restaurants, which feature all items selling for about $7 or less, fills the space occupied for decades by Copeland Office Supply.

“This area is the center-point of downtown,” Sorrentino said. “We're in the middle of everything — First National Center, Leadership Square — you see the traffic and know if we can be on this corner, this will be it.”

The space, with seating for 100 patrons, was extensively remodeled and designed to match the Art Deco style of the 1931 tower. The restaurant will be open 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays.

The restaurant will be run by owner-managers Jimmy Mays, Chris Kana and Stephanie Morrical. The cafe operators also will provide catering to the tower's Great Banking Hall. Property manager Emily Dobson-Timm said the restaurant is a welcome addition.

“I probably receive five to seven calls a week from people interested in the Great Banking Hall,” Dobson-Timm said. “The Great Banking Hall was already getting leased out, but now that Café 7 is here and able to cater, it's an added amenity. It's a lot more convenient for our tenants and guests.”

by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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