Fancy That closed

Fancy that held a clearing out sale on Saturday after the restaurant at 215 E. Main St. ceased operations the previous Sunday. Victoria's The Pasta Shop announced it will be moving from its Campus Corner spot into the downtown location at the end of this summer.

Victoria's Pasta Shop will move to Main Street toward the end of the summer, leaving its original location at 327 White St. after nearly three decades.

The Campus Corner staple will move from its current location and take the space at 215 E Main St., which had been occupied by the now defunct Fancy That.

Victoria's announced the move on its Facebook page Saturday.

"After almost 30 years of fun on Campus Corner we have a new and exciting opportunity to own our own building and move to the wonderful downtown Norman district," the post reads.

The Main Street location will undergo renovations over the summer. Meanwhile, Victoria's Pasta Shop will remain open at 327 White St. through July and open its new location sometime in August.

Cristi Miller, who has been with the company for nearly 20 years, said it’s a major move with major positives for the beloved restaurant.

“I’m thrilled,” she said. “I’m absolutely thrilled. It’s really exciting and gives us the opportunity to own the building.

“We’ve been noticing for several years how vibrant Main Street is becoming. And so, there was an opportunity and we looked at it and it seemed like a good fit.

“We’ve had so much fun on Campus Corner. It’s been awesome, but it just seems like Main Street is super exciting and when [the owners] found this building, it just made sense.”

Even though the shop is moving, Miller said it will keep the same feel that has made it a hit with loyal customers for many years. “That’s a pretty unique building,” she said. “I think it’s a good spot for us and absolutely lends itself to what we do.”

Of course, Miller said Victoria’s also will keep serving the same great homemade pasta provided by Pasta Pizzazz, a small company that operates out of Oklahoma City and has provided Victoria’s its sauce canvases for many years.

“It’ll be the same great Victoria’s food that customers are used to, but we’re also excited about expanding the menu a little bit,” Miller said. “Our customers have been asking for gluten-free options … We haven’t found something that we like but we’re very much aware that that’s something people want and we will continue to explore options.”

Nearly five years ago, the restaurant opened its second location in Oklahoma City, and, later this year, the Norman shop will celebrate a huge milestone.

“We’ll celebrate 30 years in business in September and that’s about the same time we opened up the OKC store five years ago,” Miller said.

Miller said there’s a hint of bittersweetness to the move because of all the memories that were made at the Campus Corner location, but the new building will offer the chance to make more.

“I walked into that restaurant after we had our employee meeting and I was hit with this giant wave of nostalgia,” she said. “It’s going to be wild, as exciting as it is.”

Melissa Daugherty, who has been with the company for 10 years, said it’s a big change, but a great change.

“We’re super excited to be moving forward.” she said. “We’re going to have a patio, maybe two — one out front and one out back — and we’re also going to have a full bar. We’ve never had a full bar before.

“We’re really excited about it. We’re really into the opportunity to own our own building and to be a part of Second Friday Art Walk and everything going on downtown and to be a part of this awesome growing community.”

With the recent closure of Coriander Cafe, there could soon be adjacent empty storefronts on Campus Corner.

Mack Burke

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Mack Burke is an investigative reporter and award-winning feature writer and columnist for The Norman Transcript. An OU alumnus, he has lived in Norman since 2003.