Lebanon — The Lebanon Pizza King is now under new ownership and may even be in a new location in the coming weeks, if all goes as Jim Morog has planned.
Jim Morog owns Stats Bar and Grill with business partner John Stathers. The two have been exploring options to move into a larger space to have a dining area, pool tables, and a place for bands to perform. When the Warehouse Sports Bar & Grille went out of business last fall, Morog contacted the building’s owner, expressing interest in leasing the building for Stats.
But then the two would have an empty location where Stats currently is, 100 South Smith Street. Morog and Stathers had three or four ideas they were working on for a new business or restaurant at that location when they were contacted by the owner of Lebanon’s Pizza King franchise. She wanted to sell. And they wanted to buy.“If it was a perfect world, we would be moving Stats into the Warehouse,” Morog said. “And Pizza King seems like a good fit to move into the train station. But it’s premature to say it’s going to happen for sure because there are a lot of little details that need to be worked out.”Morog and Stathers did purchase Pizza King in November. They are currently in negotiations with the owner of the Warehouse building. The owner of the former restaurant had control of the liquor license, so if Stats is to move into the building, they would have to get a new liquor license. The building’s owner has applied for it, and Morog is awaiting word on that.“Until he gets that, we can’t really commit to moving the bar there,” Morog said. “There would be no point in moving it if there were no liquor license.”And now, due to the weight of the recent snow, the building’s canopy has collapsed, which would also need repairing before a move.