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Mamma Zu and Q Barbeque owners open new Richmond restaurant

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Rancho T opened Tuesday on Morris Street in the Fan. (PHOTO: Michael Thompson)

Rancho T opened Tuesday on Morris Street in the Fan. (PHOTO: Michael Thompson)

RICHMOND, Va. — A trio of prominent Richmond restaurateurs has opened a new venture in the Fan. Tuffy Stone, his wife Leslie Stone and Ed Vasaio on Tuesday opened Rancho T at 1 N. Morris St. in the Fan. They have a long-term lease on the 1,800-square-foot space that was previously home to the restaurant S@mple before it closed in 2012.

Vasaio owns Mamma Zu in Oregon Hill, Dinamo, Edo’s Squid and 8½. The Stones own A Sharper Palate, a Lakeside-based catering company, and are co-owners of the Q Barbeque. Q has locations in Midlothian, Glen Allen, Short Pump and on Hull Street.

“We just have a lot of mutual respect for each other,” Tuffy Stone said of his partners. “It’s always rewarding when you can dig into something new and have a new opportunity to learn.”

To read more about Rancho T, click here.

Owners of Mamma Zu and Q Barbeque open new Richmond restaurant