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Already a well-known restaurant hub, East First Street and South Elgin Avenue will soon have more to boast about: Elliot Nelson’s Santa Fe Square, set to open in 2024.

Apartments, retail, parking and tenants, including law firm Hall Estill, will be part of the development, which is named for the Santa Fe railyard and depot that operated there until 1971.

A highlight of Santa Fe Square will be its hardscaped European plaza, with heaters and umbrellas that will make outdoor dining possible year-round, according to Nelson. He says he expects the plaza to house “some of the best restaurants in town,” including a new, upscale McNellie’s Group concept. 

“We’ll be able to have events out there, whether it be during Tulsa Tough or beer and wine festivals or farmers’ markets — that sort of thing,” Nelson says. “The Blue Dome District doesn’t really have a central meeting place. So, for me, the idea is to build some kind of significant public space on the east side that will function as a hub for the neighborhood.” 

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