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Renewing downtown Tulsa: 2 locations get a facelift
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Renewing downtown Tulsa: 2 locations get a facelift

Renewing downtown Tulsa: 2 locations get a facelift
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Renewing downtown Tulsa: 2 locations get a facelift

One restaurant will give way to a newer concept, and an old Tulsa nightlife tradition will find new life as downtown Tulsa continues to evolve.

Businessman and City Councilor Blake Ewing tells KRMG the Back Alley Blues and BBQ at First and Elgin will become White Flag, a gourmet burger restaurant designed as a late-night hangout, as well as a good option for a downtown lunch.

Ewing says Back Alley was doing okay, but with other high-profile barbeque restaurants opening downtown, he wanted to go a different direction.

Those familiar with another Ewing project, Joe Mama's Pizza, will recognize the direction he intends to take with White Flag.

It's taking a traditional cuisine, and thinking outside the box.

The "White Flag" doesn't denote surrender, necessarily.

Back Alley will still exist, as a food truck and a catering business.

For long-time habitués of the Tulsa music scene, the other Wednesday opening will bring back memories.

The Fur Shop will re-open after a long hiatus at its original location near 5th and Elgin.

The spot has seen other concepts come and go, including Plan B and Utopia.

But Ewing hopes to strengthen the local music scene by reopening the Fur Shop, so-named because the owners of the original club found the sign rusting away and thought it would make a good name.

"We're really featuring local there...every local beer made in Oklahoma will be there," he said.

The opening act will be the Hosty Duo, a group which played the original venue.

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