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Another Fan bar gets the boot

David Larter October 16, 2012 13

Another bar in the Fan has been kicked out of its space.

Property managers Bandazian & Holden changed the locks Monday afternoon at Cafe Diem at 600 N. Sheppard St. But Nathan Hughes, a broker with the firm, said it doesn’t have to end like this.

“Cafe Diem still has the opportunity to remedy any kind of default situation,” he said.

Owner Richard Arthur has been in the space about 11 years, Hughes said. Arthur could not be reached by press time.

If Cafe Diem can’t make good on its lease, it will be the second long-running Fan bar to close in two weeks.

Last week, Eck Enterprises evicted Mulligan’s after a 16-year run at its West Main Street location. Mulligan’s owners posted a note on its website saying it was seeing some success with its rebranding effort and that “profitability was in sight.”

“Given a little more time, we are confident that our debts would have been satisfied,” the note read. “However, our landlord is unwilling to allow this time and has locked us out, ending our long-standing business relationship. Obviously, we are more than a little disappointed by their decision.”

The owners are exploring other locations, according to the note.

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  1. Beth October 16, 2012 at 6:40 am - Reply

    Diners have come to expect more than mediocracy for their hard-earned money. As the quality of food in local restaurants increased, the ones who’ve been skating by on their reputations get left behind.

  2. mortgagemark October 16, 2012 at 7:53 am - Reply

    Technicality, but the Fan District’s Western boundary is the Boulevard… Cafe Diem is located in the Museum District I believe.

    • ed October 16, 2012 at 10:40 am - Reply

      you’re obviously not from richmond originally

    • Dave October 16, 2012 at 2:48 pm - Reply

      You’re right, it is a technicality. BFD, get over yourself. The bottom line is that another local business has shut its doors. Maybe you can go to Chipotle.
      BTW, it wasn’t that long ago that the area was called West of Boulevard and before that, the Upper Fan. So technically the Fan ends at Boulevard. I’ve lived in the area for 30+ years and call it the Fan.

  3. Mike October 16, 2012 at 8:28 am - Reply

    Great location, terrible service. The bartender there had the worst attitude.

    • Will October 17, 2012 at 12:03 am - Reply

      worst bartenders ever

  4. Hardin Thicke October 16, 2012 at 10:57 am - Reply

    This is the best news to hit “the devils triangle” since they closed the club ritz and turned it into a pizza place.

  5. Ike October 16, 2012 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Anyone else noticed that the 3 most recently featured places to shut down (or not have their lease renewed) all had bad food and mediocre service? I agree with the poster above, there are too many great restaurants and bars in this city for the places unwilling to adapt to survive. I hate seeing people lose their dreams and jobs, but you can’t be upset that someone is working harder and providing a better service and product.

  6. Jake Crocker October 16, 2012 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Mulligans was in Uptown (Main is the boundary), hence the name Mulligans Uptown Bar & Grille. Cafe Diem was in The Museum District (Boulevard is the boundary) or even more specifically The Devil’s Triangle.

  7. Charles October 17, 2012 at 7:39 am - Reply

    As a neighbor, I’m pretty happy they will be gone – whatever comes in might actually be good. No loss, no surprise.

  8. Ethan October 17, 2012 at 10:55 am - Reply

    I marked the end of Cafe Diem when Piedmont Souprize stopped playing their every Sunday. That was one of the best free shows around, and the crowds absolutely loved it.

  9. Will October 17, 2012 at 11:27 am - Reply

    That place had the worst service of any airport bar I have ever been to.

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