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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.

RBrown October 19, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Not telling my dudes to meet me at "lil mo's" for a drink - sorry. Shoulda kept the same name or something.
kathy October 20, 2012 at 10:49 AM
All these negative comments will not destroy the fan base for LilMoe's. There are enough people in town who appreciate not only the family,but what they have done for those who are need of help like a fund raiser for anyone. I have notstepped into the new place that took over BunN Burger because of this type of clash, which I have been hearing about, and wil proudly support their new venture. GoMoe!!!!!
Laura October 20, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Hey Frank, have you even eaten at the Sunrise Grill? I doubt it because if you have you would not be comparing it to Bun N Burger. It took me 20 minutes to get the worst hotdog and fries I have ever ordered and we were the only people in the place. My 12 year old wouldn't even eat it. Gave them a 2nd chance and that was a mistake. That order ended up in the garbage. There is No comparison between the two restaurants.
john c. davidoffs, ESQ. October 20, 2012 at 07:09 PM
I agree with frank.....those comments also made me never want to go into a establishment owned by these people.....Ct bullys, that think all of stratford has there back, enough to make that statement to the new owners.....I like sunrise grill, will continue to go there as I have never had a bad meal or experience.....blue point grill is not busy when we go to acapulco or mccoys.......never tried it and will not now with the non-threatening comment:Tread carefully....we were very well established....
frank October 20, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Finally an inteligent person! It seems like people just want to destroy the sunrise grill or anything else that isnot not part of the stratford click. no one is trying to destroy the "following" for Lil MOs and why noy say you product is better than someone else is, but rember you must be able to back it up!!! Hope fully Startford will grow up and get away from burgers....
Baffled Resident October 20, 2012 at 11:53 PM
I don't have a dog in this argument about Sunrise vs. BnB/Lil Mo. That said, it's painfully obvious that it is you that posted under the name "john davidoffs". Go troll somewhere else. Please.
Laura October 21, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Dear Mr. ESQ., You might have a fancy name but you obviously don't have any taste buds...
frank October 21, 2012 at 02:17 AM
I dont think this has anything to do with food, Like i said before BNB may verywelll have a quality product as for baffle I to do not have a dog or burger in the Sunrise VS bnb my statement is about ethics not about Food!
Adam October 21, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Hey Frank, Nobody here relating to Lil Mo's Cafe is trying to destroy the Sunrise Grille "following" either. Clearly obvious that Mr. Davidoffs """"ESQ"""" is a fluke. I'm sure Rush Limbaugh has a website where he can find some things of interest. Stop wasting everyone's time here, mr. "attorney". <<<~~~Yes, the lack of lack of capital letters is by design. We are residents who are supporting our town and its business. We really don't care for your nonsense as it really makes us all feel sorry for you and ""frank"".
Laura October 21, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Did anyone call an ethical foul when Jakes opened downt he road from Bun N Burger or when Sunrise Grille did the same thing to Jakes????
Mike Reynolds October 21, 2012 at 06:13 PM
How does Jakes opening have anything to do with either restaurant?
frank October 22, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Jakes is not an issue its a competitor.I think your missing the point the businness was sold to some one, buying good faith, and the that person goes and opens up shop doing the same thnig a mile away. If it was a steak house breakfast joint pizza place, it wouldnt make a difference , but to sell you shop and open it again is cheating the new owers out of what they bought,, not to metion not even chaning the menu, Its just wrong Laura jake is a different anilmal its a new venture alltogether. Again im not for or against either establishment.... let me simplify a bit I sold you my car but I still use it with out your permission, wouldnt that bother you? I think it would Im sure if any lawyers would choose respond they may shed some light on my point. Again if there was no non-compete clause oh well bad business on the new owners part.....still doesnt make it right
Jay October 23, 2012 at 01:53 AM
YOU PEOPLE ARE ALL MORONS...Mayor Quimby
Ken October 23, 2012 at 09:31 PM
In every article I've seen Maureen has been completely open about opening a similar restaurant after the sale of B and B. Sunset bought a great location, not a non competitors agreement. Use the location and word of mouth will bring in the business.... These arguments leave a bad taste in my mouth about Sunrise... I'm sure the food is fine, but you don't get customers by bad mouthing someone who is loved by the town. It isn't a click... its awesome food delivered with a smile. Simple business 101 !!!
Resident October 24, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Please stop all the bickering. What should win out in a restaurant is good food and good service. Good will does not keep an establishment prosperous if you don't receive either one. And no I am not one of the "Stratford click". In fact far from it!
OpportunistWatch October 24, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Frank your grammar is fine and your comments are true regardless of being negative. The new owners should have put a clause in the sales contract that Maureen would not be able to open a similar business within a 10 mile radius for atleast 5 years. The ones who attack you, are the ones who know Maureen and are trying to protect her wrong doings. Adam practiced what most would call "kill the messenger" by commenting on your grammar just for pointing out the facts. I sold a similar hamburger business in Fairfield over 15 years ago. Part of the sales agreement of the business was that I was not allowed to open a similar business within 5 miles/5years from the sold business. Coincidentally the buyers lawyer was from the Paradise green area who put the clause in. I do hope Adam doesn't find any grammatical errors with my response.
OpportunistWatch October 24, 2012 at 02:19 PM
I also agree with Frank. Unwarranted attacks on his grammar because he brought up a valid point of how those buyers got burned by the seller and future competition before they even made a buck. I sold a similar hamburger business in Fairfield over 15 years ago. Part of the sales agreement of the business was that I was not allowed to open a similar business within 5 miles/5years from the sold business. Coincidentally the buyers lawyer was from the Paradise green area who put the clause in.
OpportunistWatch October 24, 2012 at 02:30 PM
No, because Jake's was not the seller of BNB or SG. Your comment makes no sense and has nothing to do with the fact that those buyers got a bad deal from Maureen who will definitely take customers away from her old location.
ExcitedCT October 24, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Noreen was the major reason people loved BnB. She is very nice and a great person to talk to. The food was good but nothing you can't get anywhere else. We'll see how this new restaurant goes. Hope to see Noreen at this new business!
Loren October 24, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Glad to see Bun N Burger back, in whatever reincarnation it takes. Our kids absolutely loved the place when it was in Paradise Green. We will definitely check out the revamped Blue Point Grill with the kids once it opens. Too many burger joints? The more the merrier! Variety is always welcome.
OpportunistWatch October 24, 2012 at 06:00 PM
In 2003, we had a warning of too many burger joints literally shortening the lives of Stratford residents. Glorifying more burger joints to make more fat people is not whats good for the community. STRATFORD, CT—A program filmed at Stratford High School, “Fat Like Me” aired on ABC this past week. The program, hosted by Meredith Viera, addressed the growing problem of obesity among children and adolescents. “The program did a good job of bringing attention to the problem of obesity, especially as it relates to children,” reports Connie Olufade, Health Communication Director for Stratford Health Department. “Unfortunately, Stratford is following the same obesity trends being observed across the nation.” During the 2001 townwide adult health assessment survey, the Health Department discovered that approximately 60% of residents are overweight and nearly 26% of those residents are considered obese. The Health Department has been working with a number of partners to develop initiatives to help reduce the community’s rate of obesity. “We believe everyone has a role to play in this battle. We also believe environments need to change to support efforts to reduce obesity. That means schools, homes, and the community,” reports Olufade
Steve October 24, 2012 at 06:20 PM
So it's the restaurants fault that people are obese?
Flooded in Stratford October 31, 2012 at 03:29 PM
When Hurricane Sandy coverage is complete I'd like to see this beautiful woman's picture back on the front page where it belongs. Thank You.
John November 08, 2012 at 08:25 PM
hey, when's this joint opening up? I'm hungry and thirsty. Vamanos!
Mike Sullivan November 14, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Hey, Frank...why don't you do all of Stratford a favor and become a vegetarian?
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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