Photo courtesy of the Mayor’s House

New investors in the Mayor’s House say they plan to open a restaurant there by the end of the year, but without star chef Graham Dodds.

The project has been a long time coming, even before husband-and-wife business partners A.J. Gilbert and Martha Madison announced their restaurant in March.

Jim Lake Cos. held the 1910 building on Zang for years before developments in Bishop Arts began to bloom. Lake received city approval in March 2018 to allow reduction in the number of required parking spaces so that he could lease it for a restaurant.

Gilbert and Madison, who owned and operated Luna Park restaurants in California and New York, announced a partnership with chef Graham Dodds, the original Bolsa chef, this past March.

They had a new sign delivered last month.

Gilbert and Madison announced this this week that they’ve parted ways with Dodds because of construction delays and a “timing conflict.”

“Scheduling restaurant openings are a challenge, especially when there is a huge construction project turning a beautiful historic house built in 1910 into a contemporary, multi-room restaurant with a bar, banquet room, and state-of-the-art kitchen,” Gilbert said in a media release. “Chef Graham is an all-around talented chef, and we wish him the best on his new journey.”