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Richmond | Mekong Owner Buys Commercial Taphouse
« on: July 25, 2014, 11:46:34 AM »
Holy $#!+

An Bui, the famously beer-loving owner of popular Broad Street vietnamese restaurant Mekong has agreed to buy the long-running Commercial Taphouse & Grill at 111 N. Robinson St..

“It’s an honor for us to continue the legacy,” Bui says in a phone interview, adding that he considers Commercial Taphouse owner James Talley the “grandfather of craft beer in Richmond.”

“We’re going to give it a new heartbeat, a new menu. A little Asian fusion,” Bui says, explaining that details are still being finalized. The deal to buy the restaurant will be final in September.

Bui says Commercial Taphouse will continue to run for the time being, but that there might be renovation and build-out in the future. “We might shut down for a couple of weeks of vacation. Give those guys some time.”

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Re: Richmond | Mekong Owner Buys Commercial Taphouse
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2014, 12:03:19 PM »
Yep, saw that yesterday.  With that + his new brewpub, An seems to be taking over the world.

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Re: Richmond | Mekong Owner Buys Commercial Taphouse
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2014, 04:20:39 AM »
Hope he doesn't change it too much.  The place has its unique ambiance and my wife loves the hushpuppies there. 

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Re: Richmond | Mekong Owner Buys Commercial Taphouse
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2014, 05:32:39 PM »
Hope he doesn't change it too much.  The place has its unique ambiance and my wife loves the hushpuppies there.
Exactly...and the baja chicken, too. Mend it...don't end it. :dude:

We used to go there 3-4x/week (OK, more like 4-5x) when we lived up the street on Stuart...from 1999-2001. There certainly are a few capital improvements that can be made, and they have some of the quirkiest tap lines I've ever seen. But whenever we show up there, and we're usually in town at least several times a year, it's as if we never left. Y'all can't buy that. James and his crew are solid, the vibe is nice and grungy and there's no bullshit to be had. They'll get some economies of scale hopefully and we have to expect at least some change, but the more character they can keep the better.