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The former Lucca restaurant at 525 E. Grace St. in downtown Richmond has been rebranded as Maya Modern Mexican. (J. Elias O’Neal)

The former Lucca restaurant at 525 E. Grace St. in downtown Richmond has been rebranded as Maya Modern Mexican. (J. Elias O’Neal)

The owners of a downtown restaurant have scrapped their concept after roughly nine months and gone back to a model they know well.

Maya Modern Mexican opened last month at 525 E. Grace St. on the ground floor of the Berry Burk building in place of the short-lived Lucca Enoteca Italian restaurant

The owners, Maria and Michael Oseguera, closed Lucca Enoteca in September after opening the eatery in January.

“Lucca had a talented chef who came with his own team,” said Maria. “But I think it just took longer for us to get the restaurant off the ground.”

After a short shutdown, some paint and complete menu switch, the 3,500-square Grace Street space now serves as the couple’s second Maya location – a spinoff from its first location in Short Pump at 4348 Pouncey Tract Road.

“It just made sense,” Maria said. “It would have taken us a long time to get Lucca to the point where we have Maya. It was a quick change, but we think one that will be good for us and the neighborhood.”

Staying true to its Mexican, and Central and South American roots, Maya’s downtown location will serve up its traditional take on classic Latin dishes such as tamales, tacos and enchiladas.

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