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William Street building could be divided

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The building at 407-409 William St.

Tommy Mitchell would consider dividing his 7,500-square-foot building at 407-409 William St. in downtown Fredericksburg into two retail spaces if that is what prospective tenants want.

Mitchell said he is keeping his options open, and it’s possible that the space will not be divided if a tenant wants the whole thing. He also said it wouldn’t have to be a restaurant, though there is a kitchen in the back-left portion of the building and a bar on the right. Four restaurants and bars have opened and closed in that space in the past several years.

Saturday was the last day for the most recent of those businesses, F.W. Sullivan’s Old Town Bar & Grille. Mitchell said the owners of the business were delinquent on their rent, so he locked them out early Sunday. They still have years left on their lease, but Mitchell is looking for another tenant.

He’s also looking for a tenant for The Chimneys building that he owns at 623 Caroline St. The F.W. Sullivan’s owners had planned to open an upscale eatery called The Chimneys there but later abandoned those plans. They also dropped plans to open Jorge’s Cantina in the former Fatty J’s space at 106 George St., a building Mitchell does not own.

Mitchell said the Sullivan’s owners had looked into dividing the space at 407-409 William themselves before the business closed. The layout of the building — in which the kitchen is on one side, the bar on another and the bathrooms in the back — makes a division challenging, but Mitchell said plans have been discussed that could allow it to work.

The building is amid a stretch of William Street that has seen ample investment over the past few years and has been dubbed the city’s “Restaurant Row.”