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A “cursed” restaurant space in the Kentlands is getting a complete overhaul.

Germantown resident Matt Largent signed a 10-year lease on the space at 654 Center Point Way Thursday afternoon.

The new restaurant he plans to build will be Largent’s Bar and Grille.

Largent is currently an operating partner at a Greene Turtle restaurant in Olney.

Largent has plans to completely renovate the space by replacing the flooring and furniture and repainting the walls. Though the space has had four tenants come and go in the past dozen years — The Last Mango, Tony and James, Zodiac Grill and most recently 44 Sports Bar and Grill — Largent said the furniture, walls and flooring had mostly stayed the same.

Local residents told him the space was “cursed,” he said, but he’s hoping the overhaul will make it a popular spot.

“When you walk in that place, you’re going to know that it’s different,” he said.

The restaurant will not be a sports bar, but it will welcome fans with plenty of televisions for big games, according to Largent. The first floor will be more family-oriented, and the main bar will be relocated to the second floor.

A recurring issue with the space was a lack of sufficient bathroom space. Largent said adding bathrooms was already part of his plan, but the city of Gaithersburg wants to help him pay for them.

“The city has long considered this design flaw to be both an inconvenience for patrons as well as a detriment for the space’s marketability,” Economic Development Director Tom Lonergan said.

Largent will have to apply for the city’s funds. The application will be discussed with the mayor and council once it is received, Lonergan said.

Gary Edell, president of Kentlands-based 4Dimensional Real Estate Solutions, brokered the deal. He said Largent wanted to “build a restaurant that will be an integral part of the community.”

Largent plans to open the restaurant in August.

scarignan@gazette.net