A veteran of the Richmond restaurant scene is planting a second flag in the Fan.
Ron Morse next week will open Postbellum in the former Mulligan’s Sports Bar space at 1323 W. Main St.
“We’d been studying the location for a while,” Morse said. “Mulligan’s was very under utilized.”
Postbellum will be Morse’s third restaurant in Richmond. He also owns Baja Bean across the street and Station 2 in Shockoe Bottom. He has Baja Bean locations in Charlottesville and Staunton.
Morse leased the 4,500-square-foot Mulligan’s space from landlord Eck Enterprises in January and renovations began in the spring, Koontz said. Mulligan’s was evicted from the space in October 2012.
Postbellum general manager Ryan Koontz said the restaurant’s final hurdle for opening is approval for its ABC license.
Koontz would not go into detail about the costs of renovation. About $85,000 worth of building permits have been filed on the property, according to city records.
Koontz, who helped with construction, said using reclaimed materials played into the theme of the restaurant but slowed down renovations. Postbellum used wood from Mulligan’s floors for its tables and bar and wood from Mulligan’s bar for its upper deck.
A tasting room has been added where patrons can get their growlers filled with beer, pick up a six-pack or grab a bottle of wine to take home.
The original construction of the tasting room structure occurred during the antebellum period.
“That’s kind of where we got the idea from [for the name],” Koontz said. “The bigger space was constructed after the Civil War, and we’re trying to evoke a mindset of growth or change.”
Postbellum will offer craft beer and traditional American fare, Koontz said, adding that he hopes to give his guests whatever they happen to be in the mood for.
“People will be able to have different experiences on different nights,” he said. “Someone could come in here and have dinner and a beer and spend $12, or they can come in and have dinner and a beer and spend $40.”