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Tulsa landmark, Nelson's Buffeteria, closes

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Tulsa landmark, Nelson's Buffeteria, closes

PayOrPlay | Jun 26, 2004 01:01 PM

[I thought I posted this already, but maybe I forgot to push the final button--my apologies if this shows up twice.]

This morning's Tulsa World carries the sad if inevitable news that Nelson's Buffeteria, a downtown landmark often mentioned here and elsewhere, has closed.

Too many layoffs at downtown employers and ineluctable business trends, plus two recent failed efforts to bring in new investors.

The owner may try to re-open elsewhere, but it won't be downtown, which continues to atrophy.

Truth to tell, the chicken fried steak was not all that great, but this place had been open since 1929 and provided a link to another era that has now disappeared. 75 years is a very long time in Tulsa terms. And it had a great neon sign.

On a positive (?) note, the same issue of the Tulsa World reported that Coldstone Creamery will be the latest chain to come to town, with three large stores planned soon. (None anywhere near downtown, of course.)

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