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Chef John Maher ready to open The Rogue Gentlemen

The Rogue Gentlemen is set to open soon at 618 N. First St. (Photos by Michael Thompson)

The Rogue Gentlemen is set to open soon at 618 N. First St. (Photos by Michael Thompson)

The Rogue Gentlemen is set to open soon at 618 N. First St. (Photos by Michael Thompson)

The Rogue Gentlemen is set to open soon at 618 N. First St. (Photos by Michael Thompson)

RICHMOND, Va. (RichmondBizSense.com) – After cryptically teasing its pending arrival in Richmond a year ago, Jackson Ward’s latest restaurant is set to open in December.

John Maher (PHOTO: RichmondBizSense.com)

John Maher

The Rogue Gentlemen and its owner John Maher this month signed a five-year lease for the space at 618 N. First St.

Maher set out to open the planned speakeasy in March. He tried to spread the word in November 2012 with tricks like a scavenger hunt for tickets to its soft opening.

But the launch was delayed by the approval process required for historic tax credit projects on its building.

Given the early hype, Maher said knows the stakes are high as the opening approaches.

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