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Bun N' Burger to Reemerge as Lil' Mo's Cafe

The former neighborhood favorite is coming back as a full-service restaurant at Stratford Center.

Eight months after leaving its well-known location at Paradise Green, Bun N' Burger plans to reopen next month under a different name and at a different location.

Lil' Mo's Cafe takes over the premises of Blue Point Grill officially on Nov. 1, according to owner Maureen McLarin, whose father runs the Stratford Center restaurant.

"My dad, he's tired," said McLarin.

In addition to giving dad some rest, the move allows McLarin the opportunity to blossom the Bun N' Burger brand into a full-service restaurant.

The menu at Lil' Mo's will feature some popular Blue Point plates such as the flank steak, chicken francaise and several pasta dishes. And Bun N' Burger enthusiasts can rest easy as every item offered at the Paradise Green location will be available at Lil' Mo's.

"It's what works, why mess with it?" said McLarin, who hopes to open Nov. 10. "It's the same Bun N' Burger that [customers] know and love, maybe a little more refined."

McLarin said she'll maintain Blue Point's staff at Lil' Mo's but is looking to hire 6-8 more people, 5-6 on the floor and 1-2 in the kitchen. Lil Mo's will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week, as well as offer catering and delivery.

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McLarin intends on adding more individual booths to the dining room, and changing lighting fixtures as well as the colors of the restaurant, starting with a neon pink sign proclaiming the new establishment.

"I want it to stick out," she said.

Then there are the things she won't change, like the casual nature of Blue Point Grill. McLarin said landscapers could come rolling in right off the job, or parents with a boatload of kids.

"Bring kids, mine are here all the time," she said.

Patrick January 03, 2013 at 11:46 PM
So...Let me get this straight Mr. Frank and Esq. Maureen gets labeled as threatening by that comment. Wow! It is not her fault that she is a savvy business woman. She sold the other joint based on getting out of the business but decided she would get back in once her father decided to retire. People change their minds on a daily basis regarding this type of stuff. These are good people just as Sunrise are good people. If you think ethics should be involved I'm not sure an attorney is the guy who should be commenting.
Beetle Bailey February 17, 2013 at 12:50 PM
Go to Danny's Drive In for a burger. Been serving them for a thousand years. Must be doing something right. Even 2 McD's, BK and Wendy's didn't put them out of business. Just shows there's room and clientele for more than one burger joint in town.
Shirley B. Backus March 07, 2013 at 03:15 AM
People can't "become vegetarians". When will people wake up and realize that we are neither vegetarians nor meat eaters. We are omnivores. We need a wide variety of foods in our diet to stay healthy.
Shirley B. Backus March 07, 2013 at 03:17 AM
It sounds like a lot of people are afraid of a little competition. It's the competition that keeps prices down. If your competition is doing better than you, find out why, and do whatever it takes to change into a better business - better quality, better service, lower prices, etc.
heather April 07, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Was there April 6th with 2 girlfriends. Sorry, will never be back. Food isn't good. Seafood corn chowder was corn, potato and cream. No seafood! My friend ordered a. Cheeseburger, when it came it looked like something from the kiddie menu 9.00? At least use a hard roll or a sesame roll. Nit your average Wonder Bread roll. When we left at 9:15 there were 4 people in the place (at the bar). I can see why. The 2 adjoining restaurants were back. Unless this place changes their food it wont last. Nobody wants to pay 30.00 for dinner that sucks!!!!

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