10 Mar Salad-bar restaurant chain Salata bringing three sites to Tulsa
Salata, a Houston-based salad bar restaurant chain, is planning to open at least three locations in Tulsa, including one downtown, a company spokesman said Tuesday.
Salata has signed leases to put eateries in First Place Tower downtown, on Cherry Street and in KingsPointe Village at 61st Street and Yale Avenue, said Kevin Wyatt, a Salata investor and senior vice president of Houston-based Lincoln Property Co., which handles real estate for the chain.
Longer-range plans have Salata establishing more locations in Tulsa and Broken Arrow, he said.
“It’s as good as salad as you will ever eat,” Wyatt said in a telephone interview. “It’s a tremendous meal. It’s very fresh.
“It’s a great concept. You guys are going to love it.”
Salata will inhabit about 2,800 square feet on the first floor of First Place Tower in a space last occupied by The Full Deco convenience store, said Jackie Price, executive vice president and general counsel for Price Family Properties, which owns First Place.
“We are working very hard to try to bring the best dining options to our tenants and the downtown community,” said Price, whose family recently announced that it had purchased the former Kanbar Properties portfolio of more than 2.1 million square feet of commercial real estate in the central business district.
“We are thrilled to see the tenants and residents in downtown Tulsa embrace the dining options that have been brought downtown, like Lassalle’s New Orleans Deli, Boston Avenue Grill, Mod’s, Arby’s, Summit Club. And we’re very excited about a few things we are working on that we will announce soon.”
The KingsPointe Salata, which will occupy the former Camille’s, is scheduled to be the first Tulsa location to open, in mid- to late May, Houston-based Salata franchisee Mark Brooker said.
The Cherry Street restaurant, heading into the former Genghis Grill, could open in late summer and the First Place location by late summer, Brooker said.
The salad bar restaurant features salads and wraps composed of made-from-scratch ingredients. More than 50 toppings and at least 10 homemade dressings are available at the restaurant, according to the company’s website.
“It’s been extremely successful in Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth, especially in Houston, where there are about 26 stores,” Brooker said. “People have just loved it because of the convenience of it and the cleanliness of it. It’s a really unique food experience.”
Salata, which also is opening three venues in Oklahoma City, operates more than 60 restaurants in at least 30 cities and four states: Texas, Oklahoma, Illinois and California.
“I think Tulsa is going to be absolutely a great market for us,” Brooker said. “Great food and very trendy.”
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