There’s a cultural renaissance happening in the heart of Oklahoma City. Everywhere you turn, there are events, new public artworks and a lot of restaurants, especially downtown. 

10 North Grille (Garett Fisbeck)

10 North Grille (Garett Fisbeck)

There’s a cultural renaissance happening in the heart of Oklahoma City. Everywhere you turn, there are events, new public artworks and a lot of restaurants, especially downtown.

“The growth in restaurants over the past few years has been incredible,” said A.J. Kirkpatrick, director of operations and planning at Downtown OKC, Inc. “Restaurants play such a vital role in defining downtown’s districts to residents and visitors. They are often the first thing to get people to start visiting revitalized areas.”

You are officially invited to Oklahoma Gazette’s Downtown Restaurant Week presented by Downtown OKC, Inc. (DRW for short). This week, it’s all about getting out there, eating and exploring. DRW continues through Saturday.

Here at Oklahoma Gazette, we like local business, and we shout about the ones we’ve found and love. Downtown OKC, Inc. (DOKC) focuses on revitalization and helping those who are a part of those efforts.

DOKC is a nonprofit that helps empower small and large businesses and breathe new life into the area, and it does that in a number of ways.

“Not only has the total number of downtown restaurants increased significantly, but we are also seeing increasing diversity in terms of menu offerings and are starting to see restaurants in parts of downtown that would have been a pipe dream 15 years ago,” Kirkpatrick said.

Thanks to the support and work of local business owners and the communities that surround it, downtown is experiencing a rebirth. That growth is also flooding into the neighboring areas in the form of locally owned shopping and dining establishments in districts like Midtown, Uptown 23rd and Automobile Alley.

What better way to give a shout-out to all the cool stuff going on around downtown than throwing a party?

“We are really excited to be a part of it,” said Elizabeth Howe, executive chef of Flint.

She hopes a lot of folks come in to visit Flint and the dozen other participating eateries to taste what they have to offer.

So what are you waiting for? The best of downtown OKC is ready for you. You won’t even have to tap into your rainy-day fund.

Print headline: It’s not too late! Experience Downtown Restaurant Week’s fabulous dining options through Saturday.

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