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Volunteers sought for community rebuild of Urban Roots Café

Jennifer Chancellor January 22nd, 2014

Urban Roots Café, housed in one of the last original buildings in the Oklahoma City's historical Deep Deuce district, is undergoing a facelift.

First, the Food Network's Restaurant Impossible show will tape an episode Jan. 28-29 at the venue, 322 NE Second St. Show host, chef Robert Irvine, is tasked with helping save America's most desperate restaurants from impending failure in two days with $10,000.

Irvine is seeking volunteers to help with painting, crafting, construction, remodeling, cleaning, decorating and more, a publicist for the show said. Also, skilled contract volunteer labor of all kind is wanted, including electricians, plumbers, painters and more.

Volunteer shifts are 1-8 p.m. and 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Jan. 28 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 29. Meals will be provided.

Second, a grand re-opening 7 p.m. Jan. 29 also will be filmed. The public can now make reservations for the opening by calling 297-9891.

The show airs Wednesday nights on the Food Network. The Restaurant Impossible episode will be aired this summer, a publicist for the show confirmed.

All work volunteers should wear comfortable work clothes with sneakers or work boots and be comfortable being filmed. No logos. For more information or to volunteer, contact Tim by Jan. 26 with a preferred shift or shifts, full name, email address and cell number.

Learn more about Restaurant Impossible at Food Network:

Urban Roots is a communal space featuring food, drinks, music and art and local Chaya Fletcher opened the venue in 2010. Its home building was built in the 1920s and housed everything from gambling parlors to an Elks Lodge and even Ruby's Grill in the 1940s and famed across the state for its live entertainment and dancing. Visit Urban Roots at

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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