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Mulligan’s space is ready for its do-over

David Larter January 11, 2013 7

A shuttered Fan bar is coming back to life this spring.

Veteran restaurateur Ron Morse has leased the former Mulligan’s Sports Grille at 1323 W. Main St. and will open a new concept in the 5,000-square-foot space.

It will be Morse’s third restaurant in Richmond. He also owns Baja Bean Co. across the street and Station 2 in Shockoe Bottom.

“We’re still getting the concept together,” Morse said. “We should be getting the drawings back next week, and we’ll have a little better idea.”

Morse started eying the location when his landlord for Baja Bean Co. asked him to move out at the end of its lease this year.

The two parties eventually extended the lease for Baja Bean, but Morse still wanted the Mulligan’s space.

Ryan Koontz, who works with Morse at Station 2, will help open the new restaurant.

Morse said he wants to have the restaurant open by May.

The building’s owner, Eck Enterprises, evicted Mulligan’s in October, just as the restaurant was attempting to rebrand as Mulligan’s Uptown Grille. It had been in business 16 years.

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  1. Ike January 11, 2013 at 7:38 am - Reply

    Great… As if he didnt already have two terrible restaurants.

  2. Elizabeth January 11, 2013 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Love both restaurants. Sad I moved out of the fan away from Baja. I’m excited to see what he comes up with next!

  3. Charles January 11, 2013 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    Well, hopefully this one will be better t- I’m with Ike, Baja is awful. No idea on station 2

  4. John Sweeney January 12, 2013 at 2:05 am - Reply

    Good Luck Ron. It’s a great location and I’m sure you will have much success.

  5. John Sweeney January 12, 2013 at 2:06 am - Reply

    It is almost 8,000 sq ft.

  6. Drew January 13, 2013 at 11:18 am - Reply

    Station 2 is awesome, so hopefully his next concept will be more like than Baja. Even if Baja has a great outdoor space.

  7. Tim January 14, 2013 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    Have been very unimpressed with Station 2 — burgers and sides are all really small. Most friends won’t even go there anymore.

    hopefully he’ll do better with this location.

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