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$2.9 M Restaurant in Myriad Gardens Sits Empty
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- The Garden Cafe inside the Myriad Gardens cost $2.9 million to build, but one year later still sits empty.
"The restaurant has been empty longer than we would have preferred it to be," said spokesperson for the Myriad Gardens Foundation, Christine Eddington.
Shannon Cox with the City of Oklahoma City says the renovation downtown to make Myriad Gardens what it is today is part of Project 180. The project is partially funded by tax dollars.
"There's $40 million that comes from the general obligation bonds that was passed in 2007," said Cox.
The Garden Cafe was completed in 2011, but Eddington says they've been searching for the right occupant.
"We're really taking our time to find what will be the best fit for people who work downtown, for people who want to come downtown for events and for the gardens themselves," said Eddington.
In the meantime, the public has been able to rent out the space for weddings, receptions and other gatherings.
"All this time while the restaurant has been in process, the restaurant has been in constant use as an event center," said Chairman Emeritus of the Myriad Gardens Foundation, Jim Tolbert.
Starting Black Friday, the restaurant space will be filled with a pop-up restaurant. It will be called the Ice Cafe since it will located right next to the ice rink. The Ice Cafe will stay open through the end of January.
Posted: Wednesday, November 14 2012, 09:24 PM CST
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Hearing could resume in case of 4 Tulsa deaths
May 24, 2013 09:04 GMT
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- A preliminary hearing for two brothers accused of killing four women in Tulsa could resume soon.
The Tulsa World reports (http://bit.ly/16X0EnM ) a judge is expected to rule on a request that could determine whether James and Cedric Poore's hearing will resume Friday.
Their hearing stalled Thursday after the defense filed a motion to recuse the judge assigned to the case.
Special Judge Stephen Clark denied the motion, as did Presiding Judge William Kellough.
Kellough is expected to rule on the defense's request for time to appeal on Friday morning.
The Poores are charged with murder and robbery in the January deaths of Misty Nunley, Julie Jackson, Rebeika Powell and Kayetie Melchor. The four women were found tied up and shot in the head.
The Poores have pleaded not guilty.
Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com
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