City of Jenks loses out on new Mondo’s location

City of Jenks loses out on new Mondo’s location

For more than five decades, Mondo’s Italiano Ristorante has served delicious Italian food in the Tulsa area.

The popular restaurant has always been located near the midtown portion of Tulsa, but its ownership group was interested in opening a new location in Jenks.

However, according to a Friday post on Mondo’s Facebook page, the group will open its new restaurant just a few blocks south from where it is currently located.

“It’s official! We closed our deal on purchasing Crow Creek Tavern and will be tearing it down and building our brand-new location for the future of Mondo’s Italian Ristorante! We will offer outdoor dining as well as a roof top bar/dining. Thank you, Tulsa for all your support over the years. We love you all,” the Facebook post read.

The potential Jenks location, which was being considered is on the northwest corner of Riverfront Drive and B Street just before you enter the Riverwalk Crossing area.

Mondo’s is owned and operated by the Aloisio family. Lou and his son Rob are the co-owners, while Rob’s brothers Michael and Christo also help run the family business.

Rob Aloisio said his family has always liked the Jenks community.

“My kids grew up playing in the Jenks (youth) baseball league,” Aloisio said after a July city council meeting. “Every time I drove through Main Street Jenks, it had a hometown feeling of just a great community.”

Aloisio also said in July that based on their current restaurant on Brookside, a Jenks location would be geographically perfect.

“We really like the accessibility with the Creek Turnpike coming over from south Tulsa,” Aloisio said. “You could be on 101st and Memorial and jump on the Creek Turnpike and be in Jenks within minutes. Also, you have the Highway 75 corridor. Logistically, it could not be a better fit. When we saw that property for sale, I thought it was a prime piece of land and a great opportunity.”

There were concerns however, among the Jenks citizens that live in the houses near that property, that there will be a lot of noise coming from the new Mondo’s restaurant.

Aloisio said in July he understood the Jenks residents’ concerns.

“We are a family restaurant,” Aloisio said. “We love to have families and friends come in and eat. I think Mondo’s would be a great fit for the Jenks community.”

The Jenks City Council put several restrictions on the Mondo’s group if they chose to build in Jenks and demanded a privacy wall be built between the restaurant and the nearby homes to alleviate any sound issues. The wall would have cost Mondo’s an extra $53,000.

City Council Member Kaye Lynn, who’s ward Mondo’s would have been located, raised a number of concerns about the potential new restaurant back in July, but fellow City Council Member Cory Box cautioned that if the Jenks City Council continued to add more restrictions to the Mondo’s group, the group may decide to look elsewhere to build their new location, which is eventually what took place.

Aloisio projected a Jenks-based Mondo’s restaurant potentially would bring in $4.5 million in annual sales, which would have been a significant amount of sales tax revenue for the City of Jenks.

The potential Jenks location, which was being considered is on the northwest corner of Riverfront Drive and B Street just before you enter the Riverwalk Crossing area. Photo/Kyle Salomon

Kyle Salomon

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