Before Saturday’s celestial spectacle late in the evening, another blue moon will take a moment to shine in York.
Having recently completed its expansion, York Blue Moon will hold a ribbon-cutting celebration 4 p.m., Saturday, 361 W. Market St. Darrell Tobin and his wife Janine opened the restaurant in 2006 and planned to expand as soon as they bought the former shop next door.
“Janine has worked on this expansion with me every step of the way. None of this would be possible without her hard work and dedication,” Tobin said in a statement.
The expansion connects internally York Blue Moon’s former dining area into the first-floor space of 355 W. Market St. and features a larger bar previously reported to accommodate 20 people at stool-height seating with a new menu. The restaurant also has a new outdoor dining space landscaped by The Garden Club of York.
In addition to the physical expansion, the expansion offers more access as the restaurant is now handicapped accessible for wheelchairs of up to 42 inches and large restrooms, said Andrew Staub, Downtown Inc spokesman.
“Not only did we want to increase our business, we wanted to increase our customer base by making it easier for everyone to enjoy a fine dining experience at Blue Moon,” Tobin said.
The restaurant’s expansion coincides with RSDC’s construction of 13 new apartments and three retail spaces next door at 337 W. Market St. — also known as the Doll Building. The apartments and the project will be completed by August, said Dylan Bauer, president of Development for RSDC. Two of the retail spaces will be housed by Crossfit York and The York Emporium. Bauer said he could not reveal the third one just yet.
Benjamin M. Chiaro, brokerage advisor for ROCK Commercial Real Estate, LLC also noted that GRIT marketing group also plans to open a new office near the restaurant on 282-284 W. Market St. The front retail space of its new building, which was formerly a coffee shop, will be available for lease, he said. The former Western National Bank Building will also see some activity as the Fortress Initiative hopes to bring in a computer coding boot camp at 301 W. Market St.
“As WeCo [West of the Codorus neighborhood] enjoys rapid revitalization, we’re happy to see longtime favorites like York Blue Moon reinvesting in their businesses,” said Silas Chamberlin, CEO of Downtown Inc, said in a statement.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated from its original version and includes corrected information about GRIT marketing group’s new office space location.