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Off the Hookah owner eyes former Martini Kitchen and Bubble Bar

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The 13,600-square-foot space at Main and Meadow streets is set to be revived. (PHOTO: Michael Thompson)

RICHMOND, Va. —  A Shockoe Bottom bar owner and operator have big plans to bring a vacant Fan restaurant property back to life. Roland West and Hani Atallah are taking over the former Martini Kitchen and Bubble Bar space at 1911 W. Main St. where they are planning major upgrades and a new bar and restaurant. The pair signed a lease for the 13,600-square-foot space this week, and West said they’ll look to open in the late spring or early summer. A name for the concept is still being finalized.

“We’re not necessarily trying to break the mold here,” he said. “Think of a Fan bar, but on a much bigger scale.”

Atallah is the owner of Off the Hookah and Southern Railway Taphouse, both on Virginia Street in Shockoe Bottom. West is a general manager at Off the Hookah and helped Atallah open Southern Railway Taphouse.

The Fan space has been vacant since Martini Kitchen and Bubble Bar closed in November. The property also once housed the now-defunct Main Street Beer Co. Click here to read more about the duo’s plan on RichmondBizSense.com.