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CLAREMORE, Okla. - Crews began demolition Wednesday inside of what used to be the Claremore Senior Citizens Center.
The building will become Main Street Tavern, a new restaurant set to open next year at the corner of Fourth and Missouri in downtown Claremore.
Crews are working to clear out the entire space before they start remaking it into a restaurant that neighbors hope will lead to more activity in the area.
Owner Jason Scarpa opened Main Street Tavern in Broken Arrow's Rose District four years ago, and earlier this summer the city councilors in Claremore approved his proposal to open a second location in their city.
"I think it's going to turn out great," Scarpa said. "I think the people of Claremore are really going to like it, and we hope it's just as popular as Main Street Tavern in Broken Arrow."
An architect is now working to finalize the floor plan of the restaurant, which he said, will have twice the square footage and twice the amount of seating as the location in Broken Arrow. Scarpa, however, said the look and feel of the two restaurants will be similar. And, once the restaurant opens, it will bring around 50 new jobs to Claremore.
"We're going to go with a dark wood, the tin ceilings, the Edison bulbs and all those types of features that everyone seems to like [in Broken Arrow]," Scarpa said.
Neighbors said people generally stop coming to downtown Claremore around 5 p.m., when all the shops close there, so they're excited to see some new development coming into the area.
"Anything else downtown is great," said Desiree Christ, who moved to Claremore six years ago. "It's great shopping right now, but there's nothing but tea and coffee shops basically, so a food place is great. A lot of food places would be wonderful."
"I hope more variety comes just to offer us different things instead of having to go to Owasso or Tulsa, something to keep us local," longtime resident Jennifer Cummings added.
The owner has a tentative opening date set right now. Scarpa hopes to have Main Street Tavern completed in spring next year, possibly by April 1st.