The Moondance Diner was a diner in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City located at 80 6th Avenue, at Grand Street. It was known for its revolving moon sign, an addition made to the original structure in the mid-1980s, and designed by architect Alan Buchsbaum and designer Jim Rogers.
The diner opened in the 1930s, when it was named the Holland Tunnel Diner. It could seat about 34 people, with six tables and ten counter stools. Like most diners of its vintage, it was built elsewhere, and transported to its final site. The entire structure was roughly thirty-six by sixteen feet.
In 2007, it was announced that due to rising rent, the diner would be closing, and a demolition date of August 1 was set. Preservationists and the neighborhood's residents organized benefits for the diner, but were not able to delay the inevitable.
In mid-2007, the diner was donated by Extell Development Company to the American Diner Museum in Providence, Rhode Island, which put it up for sale on its website before the structure was moved. In August the diner was purchased from the museum for $7500 by Vince and Cheryl Pierce and transported 2400 miles on the back of a semi-trailer truck to La Barge, Wyoming. However, shortly after the move, there were reports that the diner was unused and falling into dilapidation in its new site. During its first Wyoming winter, in January 2008, the diner's walls buckled and the entire roof caved in under the weight of ice and snow. The rotating moon sign, kept safe in storage, was undamaged. By March 2008, the diner was mostly repaired and restored, and is open for business six days a week.
The diner reopened in LaBarge in January of 2009 and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. So far, the business has been wildly successful as it is located on a major highway running through one of Wyoming' main energy corridors.
Luxury condominiums were built on the diner's former site on 6th Avenue
New home in LaBarge, Wyoming
Moondance Diner 2009
Moondance Diner to open Monday, January 12th, 2009
Famous New York Diner finds new home in LaBarge, Wyoming by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online! Original post January 10, 2009 | Updated January 20, 2009
The long-awaited opening for the Moondance Diner in LaBarge, Wyoming will be on Monday, January 20th.
Hours: Monday – Wednesday/Friday-Saturday: 5:30 am to 8:00 pm Closed on Thursday and Sunday (Editor's Note: The hours and days open are subject to change after the time of posting this story. They are still adjusting their schedule somewhat. Be sure to check the Moondance Diner website for the official hours, espcially if you are traveling very far to visit the Moondance, to verify their current schedule: Click Here
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