SPAGHETTI

The former Spaghetti Warehouse, 221 E. Mathew B. Brady St., may be bought by Tulsa-based WPX Energy, according to a local media report. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

A Tulsa-based energy company may be buying the former Spaghetti Warehouse building.

Citing anonymous sources, KOTV-Channel 6 has reported that WPX Energy is under contract to purchase the building at 221 E. Mathew B. Brady St.

"WPX is a locally based energy company that employs more than 400 people in Tulsa," WPX spokesman Kelly Swan said Monday in a statement. "Our office space is located in the Williams Tower where we have a lease that expires in 2022. Prior to that time, we're evaluating a number of options for our longer-term company headquarters. We are in the preliminary stages of this process. No decisions have been made."

The Spaghetti Warehouse closed its location in the Tulsa Arts District in March 2017. Bob Hawk started the chain with a restaurant in west Dallas in 1972, and the Tulsa venue opened in June 1992.

VEREIT, a publicly traded real estate operating company based in Phoenix, Ariz., owns the building on Brady Street. The two-story structure contains about 19,500 square feet and was built in 1918, according to Tulsa County Property records.

WPX Energy is a public company headquartered at 1 Williams Center in downtown Tulsa. Overall, it employs more than 600 people in Oklahoma, New Mexico and North Dakota.

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