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Halcyon to open in Magpie spot

Posted at 10:57 AM, May 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-17 10:57:43-04

RICHMOND, Va. — A vacant Carver restaurant space is ready to come back to life.

First-time restaurant owner Matt Shelton plans to open Halcyon Bar & Grill at 1301 W. Leigh St. on May 23 in the building formerly occupied by The Magpie.

The space has been vacant since Magpie’s closure last year.

The space has been vacant since Magpie’s closure last year.

Halcyon will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and be open from 7 a.m. to midnight. Its menu will have typical American bar food like burgers and Philly cheesesteaks. Its bar will have eight beers as well as different wines on tap.

“You won’t have to worry about breaking the bank,” Shelton said of prices at Halcyon.

Shelton, 33, also owns Economical Processing Solutions, a merchant credit card processing venture he operates through a licensing agreement with California-based Leap Payments. Shelton said he played baseball at Averett University in Danville and got an MBA from Liberty University.

He said he’s hoping to parlay previous work in restaurants both on the service and management side into success at Halcyon. The restaurant has a five-year lease for the space, which can seat about 30 people.

To help attract students from the nearby VCU campus, Halcyon will accept RamBucks, VCU’s prepaid account service, and host video game tournaments. Shelton also plans to offer delivery for hungry students and residents looking to save a trip.

“Being near VCU is a prime location,” he said.

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