Bill Freehling is a business writer for The Free Lance-Star and Fredericksburg.com. This blog is on Fredericksburg-area business. Send an e-mail to Bill Freehling.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I noticed in today’s (chock-full-of-Black-Friday-deals-you-should-buy-one) Free Lance-Star that the business going into 409 William St. in downtown Fredericksburg has applied for an ABC license to sell beer, wine and mixed beverages there. The business going in appears to be called Longstreets, according to the application. The president is listed as Michael L. Beaton, and the formal legal name of the business is M.L. Beaton Enterprises LLC. Thus far we know only that a lease has been signed on the property, which is owned by Tommy Mitchell and was the former home of Walker Home, University Cafe and Las Palmas Cafe. The owner of the new business hasn’t revealed much about his plans for the large building, whose windows are now covered with brown paper as it’s prepared for the new enterprise. The new business is reportedly a bar and restaurant of some type. I’ll pass along more information as I get it.