Carrie Rengers

Renovation adds some apartments in Delano district

For years, Ileana and James Monarez have been renovating houses, duplexes and apartments, but their latest remodel now has them looking for a break.

"This one has been a big project," Ileana Monarez says of Harrison Apartments , the 18 units they renovated at 125 S. Seneca in Delano .

"But it is something that maybe in the future is going to pay off."

The Monarezes are partners in J and J Associates with James' brother, John .

Ileana Monarez also sells real estate for J.P. Weigand & Sons .

She says no one has been in the 1925 apartments for a couple of years.

The Monarezes added a new roof, plumbing, electricity and windows.

"We kind of made it a little bit contemporary," Ileana Monarez says.

But she says they also kept much of the apartments' character instead of making everything new.

"They don't look perfect."

Monarez says she and her family noticed how many businesses were coming to the Delano area but didn't see that many apartments.

"This was one of the reasons that made us buy this building in this area," she says.

Previous J and J renovations have been downtown. Ileana Monarez says they like the Delano and Old Town areas.

But they don't have any more renovations planned for now.

"We've been doing this for six years, so it's time to take a break," Monarez says. "It's time just to relax."

Top replacement

A new restaurant is going in the former Monterrey Mexican Grill space at 3320 N. Rock Road.

The east-side Monterrey closed this fall due to slow business.

Top China Buffet is opening there in February.

Jimmy Wu and his sister, Xiuzhen , are opening the restaurant.

Wu already has New China Buffet at 4858 S. Broadway and New China , which does not have a buffet, at 1860 S. Hillside.

The new restaurant has 5,500 square feet.

"It's a big one," Wu says.

It's not as big as New China Buffet's 8,000 square feet, though.

Wu says the buffet will have "everything," including sushi, a grill, oysters, crawfish, lo mein and fried rice.

Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. and Joey Ritchie of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the lease.

Wu has other restaurant plans as well.

"I hope to get more," he says. "I hope to get them all over."

Frank talk

Get Franked, the former Let's Be Frank , reopened at its same location at Douglas and Grove at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Neither the owners nor the landlord will discuss how they resolved their differences.

You don't say

"After the jury awarded us $12 million, I said to him, 'Well, besides that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?' "

—Attorney Dustin DeVaughn , who last week won one of the largest personal-injury jury verdicts in Oklahoma after refusing $100,000 an insurance adjuster offered the day before the trial (and said DeVaughn was "foolish" for rejecting)