Beloved Fan restaurant “Buddy’s Place” given extension

Posted at 6:11 PM, Jan 18, 2012
and last updated 2012-01-19 09:10:32-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Patrons and fans of Buddy’s Place, at Stuart and Robinson Streets in the Fan, now have an additional three years to work on saying “goodbye.”

Charlie Diradour, of Lion’s Paw Development, owns the building and has confirmed that the lease for Buddy’s Place has been renewed for an additional 3 years.

“Save Buddy’s,” a Facebook group that sprang up last week in effort to save the Fan restaurant posted a victorious update early Wednesday evening.

Tonight, Lions Paw Development and Buddy’s Place are proud to issue this joint statement regarding the status of our negotiations for 325 N Robinson Street.

It was decided that Buddy’s Place will continue to operate for 3 years henceforth. Both parties realize that misunderstandings along the way led to a breakdown in communication and are glad that these misunderstandings have been addressed fo…r the good of all involved. Upon the signing of a lease tonight, both parties shook hands and wished one another well.

Mike Dealto, principle partner with Dealto & Evans, Inc. said, “Charlie and I have done business together for 25 years, and although we have not always seen eye to eye, we have always respected one another and that respect led to this meeting of the minds tonight.”

Charlie Diradour, president of Lions Paw Development said this.

“Lions Paw Development is dedicated to progress and we also believe that a successful negotiation is only achieved when both parties listen. I am glad that we were able to come to terms and wish nothing but the best for Mike Dealto, Buddy’s and his employees.”

Both Diradour and Dealto urge all of the members of the community to continue to frequent Buddy’s and share this statement with their friends and family.

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