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Lil' Mo's Enjoying Stratford Center

The reincarnation of Bun N' Burger, Lil' Mo's Cafe, is doing well at Stratford Center, says the owner.

It's been almost four months since Lil' Mo's Cafe took over the premises of Blue Point Grill in Stratford Center and owner Maureen McLarin is happy with how things are going.

"I have a great team behind me," McLarin, who used to co-own Bun N' Burger at Paradise Green, told Stratford Patch Tuesday. "I'm pleasantly surprised how I've been able to transition into full service."

"You never know what to expect [but] I feel like it's been seamless," says McLarin, before adding, "Failure is not an option."

McLarin admits that the blizzard last month "threw her for a loop." She says she lost three days of business and about $500 worth of food, but when Lil' Mo's reopened on Monday the place was packed.

"Everyone was stir-crazy so they came in Monday night," says McLarin, who along with her husband and one bartender, were the only ones to clock in Monday.

"I can feel the business is growing," says the owner. McLarin says Bun N' Burger fans are trickling in to her new venture. "It's so nice to see the familiar faces."

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On Tuesday, a man was installing a jukebox toward the front of the restaurant. "A lot of people have been asking for it," says McLarin. "People like to play their own music, dance."

McLarin says it's small things like listening to customers and being a constant presence at the restaurant -- "I'm always on the floor," she says -- that have contributed to the early success of Lil' Mo's Cafe.

"I'm very pleased I stayed in Stratford," she says. "I know the people, I can relate to them."

Hal Baird March 06, 2013 at 11:56 AM
I had my first visit to Lil' Mo's this past Saturday night. The food was tasty and my waiter was a personal friend, which made the experience all the more enjoyable. The only thing I would change is turn off the TV in the main dining room. It does nothing more than increase the noise level.
Ben Murphy March 06, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Great food, wonderful staff, and a fun and welcoming atmosphere.
Jody Mitchell March 06, 2013 at 07:42 PM
We had our St. James Faculty and Staff Christmas luncheon at Lil Mo's and had a great time! We will be booking our Faculty Appreciation Day luncheon there also!
Big foot March 07, 2013 at 12:08 AM
Humbleness runs deep (sarcasm)
Big foot March 07, 2013 at 12:17 AM
Bun and burger has been gone for two years let it go! Don't you need a cabaret license to have dancing ?
Linda March 07, 2013 at 01:07 AM
Lil Mo's is what Stratford needed! When you walk in you feel like family. Food is great and everyone is so friendly. Thank God we can still get the famous hot dogs from Bun and Burger there. The neighborhood cryed when we found out they were closing. But good things come to those who wait because Lil Mo's is the place to go!!
Raymond Finkle March 07, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Big Foot....you're a moron. Seriously. Create another bogus profle and post your nonsense where someone actually cares to read it. Perhaps The National Enquirer?
Raymond Finkle March 07, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Food is great, and the friendly and inviting atmosphere make it all mesh together. New to the area, and already been here several times over the past couple months. Have no plans to stop bringing my family here.
Kid March 10, 2013 at 09:36 PM
Save your money. Food is lack luster, huge following of local drunks that monoplise the bar. If you go in, check out the ceiling above the bar. Real appealing!
Mark Poremba March 10, 2013 at 11:42 PM
Love this place; Great Food, incredible staff. Whether for family dinner, a quick bite, or dining with friends, you can't beat this place. Lil' Mo's is a homerun! MP
Gizmo March 12, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Yo Mrs. T. - how many fake names are you going to post under today? You're obsessed and have way too much time on your hands!
nick e. March 14, 2013 at 01:23 PM
this owner I do not know......however she seems to be very polarizeing with people....I would like to go in and try the food and place looks nice from outside....however it is the people at the bar that keep me out.....perhaps not for me, but they have a love/hate relationship with locals it seems from bun-burger posts, etc....I do see them unloading food from back of suv when I drive by some times....only wish good for business in stratford, especially food places that are having a hard time of it........ ne
Donna March 16, 2013 at 03:10 AM
Thanks again for the input Mrs. T. Get a life!

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