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Downtown Coordinating Council Launches ‘Back to Downtown’ Campaign to Support Downtown Restaurants and Destinations

This article was archived on 4/18/2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things for those living, working and visiting Downtown Tulsa, including dining out at local restaurants. To that end, the Downtown Coordinating Council (DCC) has launched the Back to Downtown campaign to highlight the many safe dining options available in Downtown Tulsa as people return to work and everyday activities.

“Our Downtown business community has worked tirelessly to survive over the last year by implementing new safety protocols, outdoor dining options, and special offers,” said DCC Executive Director Brian Kurtz. “More than 95% of Downtown’s restaurants and bars are small businesses owned by Tulsans and we want this campaign to serve as a reminder that they are open and need our support now more than ever. There are endless options to choose for your next meal whether dining inside, outdoors, or grabbing takeout.” 

The evolving online campaign will feature social media ads and messages that convey the many dining options available, safety precautions in place, and opportunities to hear the personal stories and experiences of the last year directly from Downtown Tulsa restaurant owners. Visitors will be directed to  as the one-stop place to access listings for Downtown’s to-go ordering/curbside pickup, outdoor dining options, and a comprehensive listing of food and beverage destinations.

“What I love about working and owning restaurants in Downtown is that it’s everyone’s neighborhood,” said Libby Billings, DCC member and owner of Elote, The Vault, and Rappongi. “It’s where people from all parts of Tulsa come together to eat, to work, to enjoy music, theater, museums, and more. With our venues and businesses having to shut their doors to keep the public safe, and the large offices working remotely for almost a year, it seems like Downtown is the last place to get back to normal. We're looking forward to everyone coming back and making Downtown restaurants part of their routine again to help ensure no one else has to shut their doors." 

Downtown restaurants are committed to in-house safety precautions and ensuring safe environments for their workers and guests. More than 75 Downtown eateries offer outdoor dining options including patios, sidewalk cafes, and parklets that were instituted to expand seating options and provide open air environments in on-street parking spaces.

Downtown businesses and destinations lost their built-in foot traffic when Tulsa’s employers instituted remote working last spring and many have struggled to recover. As more Tulsans receive vaccines and return to regular activities, Downtown Tulsa is ready to welcome back and encourage everyone to dine, drink, and explore safely.

About the Downtown Coordinating Council

The Downtown Coordinating Council (DCC) was established by Executive Order in 2009 as an advisory board comprised of property and business owners and civic leaders to manage maintenance and service obligations of the Tulsa Stadium Improvement District. Today, the DCC and its dedicated staff are urban advocates deploying maintenance, beautification, and livability services, mobility and public realm planning projects, and place enhancement initiatives that result in a thriving, vibrant, and inclusive urban neighborhood.