Downtown Coolgreens to close during Project 180 construction

Coolgreens’ downtown location is set to close this Saturday and won’t reopen until January as the restaurant is surrounded by streets being torn up as part of Project 180.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: February 26, 2014 at 5:00 pm •  Published: February 25, 2014

“The only way people can get to us is to walk around the construction site,” McMurrain said. “Our business has dropped off, and it’s to the point that rather than fight it and make a go of it for a few months, our landlord, Mark Beffort, was kind enough to suspend our lease and let us do a big grand reopening.”

McMurrain said the restaurant will reopen in January with expanded breakfast hours and a juice bar.

McMurrain had no harsh words for those implementing Project 180, adding that he believes his downtown location will be more successful once the improvements and the new Kerr Park and SandRidge Parkside building are completed.

Kitchen No. 324

Another nearby restauranteur, Keith Paul, said Tuesday that he is happy with progress on reconstruction of Dean A. McGee Avenue between Broadway and Robinson. The street in front of Kitchen No. 324, one of Paul’s Good Egg Group restaurants, was shut down in October and is on schedule to reopen in May.

“Our sales dipped with construction,” Paul said. “But we opened for dinner, and we’ve had six of our best weeks during Project 180 during the past six months. Opening for dinner really helped us. It’s been a struggle, but overall brunches on Saturday and Sunday, when its a destination, have stayed the same.”

by Steve Lackmeyer
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Park awaits


Park Avenue, arguably the most heavily traveled street in the Central Business District for both pedestrians and motorists, is set to be the next corridor to be torn up and rebuilt as Project 180 gets closer to completion.

Shannon Cox, Project 180 spokeswoman, said construction bids haven’t been sought yet for Park Avenue between Broadway and Hudson Avenue, but the timeline calls for work to start this spring and not end until summer of 2016.

The intersection of Dean A. McGee and Robinson Avenues is set to open to north-south traffic in April. The entire intersection and Dean A. McGee Avenue between Broadway and Robinson Avenue is set to open in May.

The intersection of Robinson Avenue and Robert S. Kerr Avenue is scheduled to reopen for east-west traffic in July.

Robinson Avenue between Dean A. McGee and Park Avenues is set to reopen for all pedestrian and vehicular access by October.

Project 180 construction began in August 2010. It is a $176 million redesign of downtown streets, sidewalks, parks and plazas to make the central core more pedestrian friendly.

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