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New owners of restaurant next to The National hope to hit right note

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Posted at 5:17 PM, Sep 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-10 17:17:42-04
From left: Daniel Delgado, David Peterson and Doug Brown will open a new restaurant next to a downtown music venue this month. Photos by Michael Thompson.

From left: Daniel Delgado, David Peterson and Doug Brown will open a new restaurant next to a downtown music venue this month. Photos by Michael Thompson.

New operators are taking over the former Gibson’s Grill downtown, hoping to hit a better note in a space that has been closed since the summer.

David Peterson, Daniel Delgado, and Doug Brown plan to open Coda at 700 E. Broad St. next door to The National later this month.

Coda is the boarded up space next to The National.

Coda is the boarded up space next to The National.

Gibson’s Grill opened in 2008. It closed over the summer, according to Bill Reid, a partner at RIC Capital, which owns the restaurant space and The National.

“The lease ran out with the other guys, so Dave (Peterson) and his guys came together and gave us a really good proposal,” Reid said. “Dave was the general manager of The National when it opened in 2008.”

Peterson runs the Celebrate Virginia Live concert series in Fredericksburg. Delgado and Brown are Northern Virginia restaurateurs. The trio, operating as D3 Ventures, has a five-year lease on the 4,500-square-foot, two-story space.

They began to work together when Delgado and Brown were doing concessions for Peterson’s concert series. They had been thinking about opening a restaurant in Richmond around the time Gibson’s Grill closed, and in late spring began helping out with The National’s concessions.

Read more about their ventures and plans for this space, on Richmond BizSense.