Jason Scarpa went from waiting tables to owning his own restaurant to becoming an area restaurant mogul after opening his fifth restaurant – Main Street Tavern of Claremore.
Jason began his journey as a restaurant owner when he opened Main Street Tavern in Broken Arrow’s Rose District in 2011.
“When I moved to Oklahoma, I was deciding on what business I wanted to start,” he said. “I saw a void for a place like Main Street Tavern (in Broken Arrow) … fortunately, people like it.”
He went on to open the Main Street Loft, a private event space, and The Rooftop both in the same district. Last year, he took over In the Raw in the Rose District, and opened the Claremore’s Main Street Tavern (MST Claremore), 116 N. Missouri Ave., this fall.
“I’m always looking around for the next idea, trying to figure out the right concept for the right place,” he said. “It seemed like Main Street Tavern would be a good fit here … Hopefully, the people of Claremore will continue supporting us.”
City of Claremore officials were looking for the right fit for the old Senior Citizen Center and went out searching. Jason’s project was chosen and construction commenced.
“Before you know it, over a year has gone by,” Jason said. “It was quite an extensive project.”
After gutting the building, remodeling, furnishing and finishing and hiring and training staff, Claremore was ready for the Tavern.
MST Claremore is the largest of the Scarpa Restaurant Concepts establishments. With 260 seats and roughly 7,000 square feet, it’s twice the size of the original Main Street Tavern in Broken Arrow.
The full-service bar offers 28 rotating beers on tap and 32 bottled options.
“So we always have new things for beer lovers to try,” Jason said.
The restaurant boasts 11 television sets, including three on the patio. Along with the complete NFL package, guests can find college sports, Thunder basketball and even CNBC for business lunches.
There’s an additional private event space that accommodates 60 people and can be opened to the patio, which has heaters for the winter and misting fans for the summer.
“The big payoff for me is when I see people enjoying it with their family and friends,” Jason said. “That’s really what we’re in it for. I love this idea of creating something, putting it out there, and then seeing people enjoy it.”
The MST Claremore opens at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, serving a limited brunch menu between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the weekends. The Tavern is open every day until at least midnight, but stays open until 2 a.m. for crowds.