Nocona's downtown revitalization continues

Nocona's downtown revitalization continues

NOCONA, TX (KAUZ) - A historical building in downtown Nocona gets a new owner.
The Times Forgotten Restaurant and Tavern, located at 204 Clay Street, had it's ribbon cutting Tuesday, and members of the Nocona Chambers of Commerce were there to help welcome the new owner. 
    "I've seen a really big development since I've been here. I can see all the construction that's coming around," said Bruce Arroyo, the owner of Times Forgotten Restaurant and Tavern. 
Michelle Fenoglio, the Vice President of the Nocona Chambers of Commerce, said renovating the historical downtown area is important.

She adds it is a priority to many locals to restore the history here, and that is exactly what Times Forgotten has done.
The building is located in what was the former Farmers and Merchants Bank back in the early 1900's.
The McCall family ran the bank for four generations, and in 2008 it was renovated and turned into the Times Forgotten Steakhouse.
Fenoglio said a lot of the restoration projects are done by families who have roots here and their efforts are paying off, literally.
    "The amount of people and tourism that happens every day now in Nocona helps with the convenience stores and hotels. It helps bring people to town to visit the car museum, boot factory and ball glove factory. There's just a lot happening and we're very pleased and blessed by that," said Fenoglio.
James Yohee, the executive director of the Nocona Economic Development Corporation, said these improvements to downtown are increasing property taxes, and sales taxes have seen a six- percent increase over the last couple of years. 
Fenoglio said she hopes to see more businesses come to downtown Nocona, and they are. 
The revival of five buildings that are expected to house retail stores are in the works, and the old Justin Boot Building is in the process of being turned into a community center. 
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