Restaurateurs’ path leads them to rebrand

The Lucky Buddha restaurant and night club closed its doors in June. (Photo by Mark Robinson)

The Lucky Buddha restaurant and night club closed its doors in June. (Photo by Mark Robinson)

A Shockoe Bottom restaurant and nightclub is getting a makeover.

The Lucky Buddha closed in early June after five and a half years in business. Owners Matthew Busch and David Bess are ditching the eatery’s Asian theme and rebranding as Society.

A note posted last week on the restaurant’s door at 1421 E. Cary St. described the new concept as an American bistro “set in a modern Chicago-style lounge setting.”

The restaurant is hiring, according to its Facebook page, and it’s expected to reopen this month.

Since May, building permits worth $33,000 have been filed on the property, according to city records.

Requests made to the owners for more information were not returned by press time.

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