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OKLAHOMA CITY - A new restaurant and bar, called Guyutes, with a rooftop patio is coming to the Uptown 23rd District, an area that continues to bloom with new attractions.

The business was approved by the City Council Monday, despite the Planning Commission denying the building permit.

There was also a tragedy at the same building on March 27th, where three passengers passed away in a car crash.

Some think it is too soon to put a new business there.

"It was very sobering to hear that tragedy happen so close and I know a lot of mornings when I'd arrive early, there were people standing in that parking lot," said Diefenderfer.

Peggy Diefenderfer described her business, Cuppies & Joe as quaint and quiet.

She worries Guyutes will bring noise.

"Just a little bit concerned about what might be going on in the parking lot when our employees leave," said Diefenderfer.

However one resident, who lives, works and hangs out in the area and believes the area is missing something.

"More of a variety of customers and nightlife scene. I think the city can prosper with more of a unique and city feel," said Danner.

Diefenderfer agrees, the revitalization of Uptown 23rd District is something to be proud of.

"Hope that we continue to grow here and I like the effort so far," said Diefenderfer.

"It's nice to see that the city is growing on the inside instead of pushing outwards," said Danner.

We did receive a statement from Guyutes business owners Jarrod Friedel and Wayne Allen who said, “We are extremely excited and grateful that the city council approved our ABC2. Going into this we had no idea how difficult the rezoning process could be. The planning commission was set on denial from the beginning. The planning commission made it very clear that if they did not have the complete oversight on how we operated our Business, they would not recommend approval. We decided to go forward with their denial and take our case before the city council, where we received a unanimous approval."

In regards to the deadly crash at the same building, Friedel said, “What happened a few months ago was tragic. Our hearts go out to their family and friends. We have a designated driver program built into our business plan. We also plan on promoting alternatives to driving such as biking, walking and public transportation.”

City councilors said Oklahoma City will be providing evening bus routes in the area.

Construction has started on Guyutes and the business owners hope to open by mid October.