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Lil' Mo's Cafe Opens Today

The former co-owner of Bun N' Burger opens her new restaurant today.

The former co-owner of Bun N' Burger says she is excited to re-enter the Stratford business community with Lil' Mo's Cafe, a full-service restaurant that opens Thursday in Stratford Center.

"We've always been involved in the community," said Maureen McLarin, whose family has owned several area restaurants, including Danny's Drive-In and Blue Point Grill, which is now the new home to Lil' Mo's.

The restaurant opens at 4 p.m. today.

McLarin said renovations to her dad's place include a new color scheme and kitchen equipment changes. She's also added a chef, bartender and two waitresses to Blue Point's staff.

For more on Lil' Mo's, read our original article on the new restaurant posted below. Also, a takeout menu has been added as a PDF in the photo gallery.

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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.

(Published Oct. 17)

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.

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.

Mark Hannon November 15, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Good luck. Being near the train station and theater may give the business a boost.
OldManTeenager November 15, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Will sloppy joes be on the menu?
Anne K. Mulligan November 15, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Good luck! It's a great location and you made great burgers at the other shop.
Bill O'Brien November 15, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Good luck Maureen!! May Lil' Mo's be even more successful than the great Bun N' Burger!!
Maureen McLarin November 16, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Thanks everyone! We are looking forward to a very enjoyable future at our new location! Thank you for the continued support.
Maggie Perez November 18, 2012 at 02:56 AM
OMG!!!!!! This place is amazing from the food to the service. Do yourself a favor and make reservations. The place was pumping people were coming and leaving. I do hope they return when things calm down. I give it a two thumbs up and we will be returning over and over again. Thanks guys. Good Luck Maureen.
Linda November 19, 2012 at 02:21 AM
My husband and I were a big fan of Bun and Burger.I was heartbroken when they left. I got to know Maureen because our kids are the same age. We went to see her new restaurant on opening night. The new place is wonderful! Maureen makes you feel like family. Great Food! So happy to have her back. they have a great menu. But if you loved the dogs at B&B they have them at lil Mo's. We will be going back again soon!
Loren November 19, 2012 at 01:13 PM
We took the kids here for dinner on Saturday. It wasn't very full at 5PM but quickly filled up as we were leaving. The changes to the decor and menu definitely make it more of a family friendly environment for sure. We were all pleased with our food as expected and the prices were more than reasonable. Glad to see the old Bun N' Burger back in business for sure. Hopefully the Blue Point Grill customers will also continue to patronize the place despite the changes.
Laura Dobosz November 19, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Is there a website???
Maureen McLarin November 22, 2012 at 02:53 PM
There will be a website coming. Thank you again for all support!
Baffled Resident January 04, 2013 at 12:31 AM
?????????
Patty S. January 08, 2013 at 10:05 PM
We'd like a website, please! It's been almost 2 months. Thank you.

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