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New life for old Mulligan’s spot

Update #1 — January 11th; 10:50 AM

Local restaurateur Ron Morse has leased the property of the former Mulligan’s Sports Grille in the Fan to create a new restaurant that will open later this year.

Morse, who also owns Baja Bean and Station 2, wrote in an email to RVANews: “Although the space will need extensive renovations, I really like the location and the overall potential. At this time, I’m not comfortable with tipping our hand of concept, but it’s not Mexican, nor another Station 2.”

Morse said he first considered leasing the Mulligan’s space last year. In September 2012, he started talks with Mulligan’s owner, Edward Dudley, about using the 1323 W. Main St. location to relocate Baja Bean, back when the likelihood of renewing the Mexican restaurant’s lease seemed unlikely. However, Morse did renew Baja Bean’s lease.

But Morse would have another chance to acquire the property. He wrote that Dudley “fell behind in his rent, and he and the landlord, Eck Enterprises, came to an agreement to part ways.” Morse decided to claim the space to open another restaurant.

While mum on the restaurant’s concept, Morse said that “optimism would have us open mid April.”

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Original — January 11th; 7:10 AM

Richmond BizSense has the details:

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.

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