Museum District eatery gets new owners

The 5,400-square-foot building at 201 N. Belmont Ave. is still for sale. (Photos by Michael Thompson)

The 5,400-square-foot building at 201 N. Belmont Ave. is still for sale. (Photos by Michael Thompson)

A husband-and-wife team of local restaurant industry veterans has taken over a popular Museum District cafe.

Angie and Randy Dudley on Jan. 3 bought the Zeus Gallery Café at 201 N. Belmont Ave.

Previous owner Ted Doll put the business and its building up for sale in September.

Randy and Angie Dudley.

Randy and Angie Dudley.

The Dudleys said they heard from friends that the restaurant was on the market and paid a visit in November to the decades-old eatery.

“I walked out and said, ‘We’re buying it,’” Angie Dudley said.

The asking price for the restaurant was $175,000, and the Dudleys said that is about what they paid for it. They are financing the venture with the help of investors.

The Zeus Gallery hours are the same for now.

The Zeus Gallery hours are the same for now.

Still up for sale is the 5,400-square-foot building, which includes the 1,800-square-foot restaurant space and the adjoining Chadwick and Son Orchids flower shop. Doll has set an asking price of $450,000.

Zeus Gallery Café remains open for business under the same name and has the same staff as it did under the previous owner.

“For the time-being, we’re keeping things the way they are,” Angie Dudley said. “But in the future we want to extend the hours.”

Although it is be their first time in a restaurant as owners, the Dudleys have years of experience.

Randy Dudley spent the past 25 years at Buddy’s Place at 325 N. Robinson St., most recently as the bar manger. Angie Dudley worked at Buddy’s for 10 years, most recently as the front of the house manager.

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