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Ballyhoo owners plan restaurant in ex-Century Grill space

The owners of Ballyhoo have taken over the former Century Grill, and are planning to open a restaurant there this summer.

There's no name yet for the new place at 318 Pearl St., said Timothy Stevens, who owns Ballyhoo with his wife Morgan.

The Stevenses had been working on plans for a restaurant at 50 Broadway, but changed their minds when the Century Grill space became available.

Stevens said he was working with Block Club on developing the branding, and doesn’t have many details to offer yet.

"It'll definitely be a lot different than Ballyhoo. The kitchen here is a lot bigger, so it'll be a full menu. We'll be serving lunch, although I don’t know if we'll do that in the first weeks, so we can get our stride first."

The space will take much less work than the Broadway spot would have, Stevens said. "It's just a heavy remodel, redo the back bar and put some fresh seating in."

The restaurant will "definitely have more of a food presence" than Ballyhoo, seating 85 to 90 in the dining area.

"This is a way better suited spot for what we wanted to do, and it's already built out," Stevens said. "I've had a crush on this building, if you will, for years."

Hopefully the restaurant will be open by early summer, he said.

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