The Mediterranean Bistro at the corner of Main and Strawberry has now become Luckie’s Bar & Grill.
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Who is behind this?
that was a fast turnover!
RT @fanofthefan: Mediterranean Bistro is now Luckie’s Bar & Grill http://t.co/mdFX2NQNKH #rva
@fanofthefan that was quick
There wasn’t time to switch ABC licenses, so it’s the same people. Or they’re operating illegally.
RT @fanofthefan: Mediterranean Bistro is now Luckie’s Bar & Grill http://t.co/gow31qKqST #rva #rvadine
@rvabusiness @fanofthefan same-ish owners.
My understanding is that the former owner of the Med Deli is in jail and his father is running this new-ish enterprise.
Mediterranean Bistro in Fan District is Now Luckie’s Bar & Grill
“Some of the owners are the same, according to chef Simon Smith, formerly of Popkin Tavern, who is now the chef at Luckie’s.”
It was Farag’s wife who was the sole owner. If it’s anyone other than Farag’s wife, then it’s new ownership. Jason was using his wife’s during some interviews, including for this site. What was the reason for that? Is there any reason they won’t come out and say who the owners are?
If the owner has been convicted of a crime, even a misdemeanor, then I believe (but not entirely sure) that he or she is in jeopardy of losing their ABC license. Luckie Inc. is listed as the holder of the ABC license for the Med. Bistro.
Five bucks says it’s still the wife, and no other changes to ownership occurred. The father will manage the place until his sons get out of jail.
Hey Fans of Fan of the Fan (say it five times fast) — we know that many of you are wondering about the changes that have recently taken place at Luckie’s. The Farag family — Jason Farag’s parents, although he is not currently involved with the restaurant, nor will he be in the future — still owns the building, though they have enlisted outside management to open Luckie’s.
We apologize if any phrasing in media write-ups made it seem as though things were made intentionally unclear. We strive to become a relaxed, friendly and fun new addition to an already great neighborhood. Thank you in advance for your support, and we look forward to seeing you at our grand opening this Friday!
Chef puts some bite in revamped Fan eatery
So the place has a new name and an as yet unnamed manager, but everything else is the same: the same owner, the same staff, the same chef, the same landlord. The only thing different is the name and yourself? Are you the outside management the family enlisted? What places have you managed in the past?
[...] Mediterranean Bistro at 2301 W. Main Street? Well it’s Mediterranean no longer! They’ve shuffled partners, renamed, rebranded, and remenued and are now Luckie’s Bar & Grill. Richmond.com has some more on the tentative menu [...]
I am seeking clear information. (804) 254-4100 is a fax line. Is there an actual number we can call? If I sound testy, it’s because we couldn’t get straight answers from the Farags, and still can’t from whoever you are. Everyone who talks to one of the Lucky staff gets a different story. Pete Mancini is the landlord, the property owner, not the property manager.
The building has a Special Exception Agreement on its use. This was agreed to by the owner and the landlord when it was converted from a hair salon into a restaurant. The Farags agreed to run a “fine dining” (direct quote) establishment. A very large number of people opposed the change in the building, but Mancini is connected, and those kind get whatever they want from Zoning.
The owner and landlord are both responsible for ensuring that the agreement is upheld. Well, Mancini didn’t do squat, and neither did Friedhoff, neither did the Farags or the staff, and neither did Simon Smith. I’m glad you are aware of the city ordinances, but so were all of those guys, they just didn’t care about them. The owner, landlord, the Farags, and their staff broke their agreements and ran a very loud, very tacky bar filled mostly with their bros from Chesterfield. They had a lot of contempt for the neighbors because they made this their party zone and it was not their neighborhood. That’s where the resentment comes from.
I hear the Farags are otherwise occupied just now, but I’m trying to confirm – are there any other changes in staff? The owner, the chef, the landlord, and the staff are all the same as before the Farags left? is that true, or has something changed?
I’m not sure if this is true, but reportedly our own Mr. Samuels was a big supporter behind the ‘agreement’ that gave birth to the Med. Bistro and in turn the out and out bar that it has turned out to be.
In response to “What’s the difference?”: The restaurant has a new name, a new chef and manager Simon Smith who is named in every article on the web besides this one (including @LuckiesRVA on Twitter), and all new staff. I am helping the new manager, Simon, get Luckie’s social media up and running, as well as spreading the word about the new restaurant. Simon has a decade of experience in the restaurant industry but is fairly new to Richmond. Before moving here, he was a manager at Old Venice Pizza Company, an upscale New American restaurant in Oxford, Ms., among other restaurants in the past.
In response to “Lucky Neighbor”: We are truly sorry that you have had trouble reaching Luckie’s by phone. The number is 804-254-4100. Please try that number again — I’m not sure why it would not have worked before. I just dialed it myself to confirm. Otherwise, please direct message us on Twitter for Simon’s personal cell number. He would be more than happy to answer any questions you have. Simon encourages you to stop in to Luckie’s at any time for a face-to-face discussion if you are able. I imagine that if you are a neighbor, you should have plenty of opportunities to do so.
The staff, both front and back of house, is entirely new. My understanding is that the Farags continue to lease the building from Mancini. Though the Farags managed the Med Bistro, Simon Smith manages Luckie’s, along with a bar manager who is also new. The menu is new, and the interior and exterior are partially redecorated. As soon as Luckie’s can afford to do so, they will continue to redo the interior and exterior for a more distinct change in aesthetics to match the completely different concept and management.
Luckie’s regrets any controversies that Mediterranean Bistro and its management/ownership at the time may have caused. I cannot imagine how frustrating the situations you mention must have been as a neighbor of the restaurant. Luckie’s is not Mediterranean Bistro. Simon was brought on to plan and execute a completely new establishment, and he has been working very hard to create a concept that will hopefully succeed in ways that Mediterranean Bistro did not. Please keep in mind that Luckie’s has not even been open for a week. Please give him a reasonable amount of time to coordinate these changes as he discovers what works and doesn’t going forward. Simon and staff encourage you to reach out if at any time you feel that Luckie’s is not meeting your expectations as a neighbor.
I hope you will not let the qualms you had with Mediterranean Bistro reflect upon Luckie’s in such a negative manner, and that you will give Luckie’s a chance as a positive addition to the neighborhood. I am trying my hardest to be as responsive as possible to all inquiries in a manner that is very respectful to those who are interested in knowing more about Luckie’s. Although I have tried my best to help seeing as Simon has been so busy getting Luckie’s in order, I am really not the right person to answer these questions, which is why I hope you will reach out to Simon in person. I apologize for trying in the first place and inadvertently creating confusion as it seems.
To anyone who has questions about Luckie’s —
Anonymous comments on a blog are not the best way to find the answers you seek. Please either call the restaurant at (804) 254-4100 or stop by in person to speak with Simon. The restaurant is open 11am-11pm Mon-Thurs and until 1am on Friday and Saturday.
If Simon is not available when you stop in or call as he has been very busy getting this new concept off the ground, please direct message us on Twitter or Facebook to get in touch with him on his personal cell. You will get a response within the day.
G: The Second District ends in the alley north of Main, so Luckie’s isn’t in his district. Charles Samuels wasn’t at the approval meeting. Supposedly the guy who stood up in support has red hair and a little bit of an accent. People there thought he was a member of the FDA, but I wasn’t there and don’t know who he is. Pete Mancini is a friend of Charlie Diradour, as are many of the people in Zoning, so the guy is probably one of Diradour’s proxies.
Those who use Social Media a lot tend to denigrate “anonymous comments” because they can accuse the person of hiding behind that anonymity, and they’re right. But when online discussions first started it was a deliberate move: if you remove the identity of the parties, then political power, prejudice, conflicts of interest, threats, and preconceived notions are removed, and the argument can play itself out based solely on reason and facts.
There are good arguments for and against, but you can see on Facebook that most arguments degenerate into conflict because identities are known, and that’s what the argument always ends up being about. So the whole competition of ideas is dumbed down, which I think is a loss.
I’ll talk to Smith when I get a chance. Simon Smith is identified as Executive Chef in the RichmondBizSense article linked by John Murden and is not identified as the manager. That doesn’t mean he’s not, there was just no way for us to know that. He started working there two months ago, while the Farags were still breaking the law every day. If we support the business, we’re still supporting the Farags and Mancini, and that’s really difficult to swallow. All new staff helps, but it depends on who they are.
Thank you for your feedback, Lucky Neighbor. Simon was brought in after the decision had already been made, but had not yet been made public, to close Med Bistro and use the space for a completely different venture. Simon Smith is listed as the manager of Luckie’s on social media accounts and will also be listed on Luckie’s website to debut soon.
The management at Luckie’s does not feel that the internet is an appropriate place to discuss any of what you wish to address, however. We cannot continue to address your concerns in these comments. If you are content in your disgruntlement, continue to air your grievances in this forum. If you would like to develop a positive relationship with your neighbor, please stop in for a talk. Or, since you seem to be most comfortable remaining anonymous, give Luckie’s a call. Luckie’s strives to be a good neighbor and assumes that you hope it succeeds in this, but when you have already set the establishment up for failure in your own mind, only negativity is possible. Thanks, and we hope to speak with you soon.
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AND now they’re closed…
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