York’s Blue Moon restaurant stunned the community when it suddenly closed its doors last week, and now other businesses are rushing in to fill the void.
Customers, nearby business owners and city officials learned the news in the same manner, from a sign at Blue Moon’s front entrance indicating that it would be closed permanently on Dec. 13. Pictures of the sign were uploaded and shared on social media, but no official announcement regarding the closure of the restaurant has been made.
Philip Given, chief of staff for York Mayor Michael Helfrich and president of York City Pretzel Co., a restaurant located a few blocks from the Blue Moon, said city officials also learned about the restaurant’s closing via social media.
Given, who previously headed the city’s restaurant association, said that he was surprised at the sudden closing of the business, especially after the owners had invested $400,000 in renovations last spring.
“There had been rumblings that they might be closing, but the immediacy was a surprise,” he said.
Given said that the city is still asking Blue Moon employees to contact the mayor at firstname.lastname@example.org for answers to employment questions and assistance in finding another job. Over the weekend, three former Blue Moon employees contacted the city, Given said.
Soon after the closing, Left Bank restaurant announced via Facebook that it will honor Blue Moon gift certificates, as well as gift certificates from Accomac Inn, which closed in November. Left Bank will honor the gift certificates up to a $25 value, and they can be applied to a new Left Bank restaurant gift certificate or dining experience anytime in 2019, according to the post.
“Our team is saddened by the closure of two long-time restaurants in our community,” the post reads.
The Revival Social Club also offered to honor Blue Moon gift certificates via a Facebook post. According to the post, the club will honor Blue Moon gift certificates at 50 percent face value until April 16, 2019.
“We are sorry to see Blue Moon leave the downtown restaurant community and happy to see all the folks that support our local businesses,” the post reads.
The Blue Moon restaurant opened in 2006 and is owned by Darrell and Janine Tobin. Neither owner could be reached for comment.