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A Manhattan Diner in Wyoming??

A Manhattan Diner in Wyoming??

The Moondance in it’s old New York home

The Moondance Diner used to be an 80 year old fixture in the trendy SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan.  Last year it was consigned to destruction by a new condo building.  The Moondance was up for sale, and the chic artists that had once frequented the little restaurant were long gone.

That’s when a couple from Labarge, Wyoming, spotted the Moondance for sale on the internet.  Within a couple weeks they had purchased the diner and shown up in Manhattan with a flatbed truck to haul it away.

That’s when the trouble started.  Permit problems and heavy rain delayed transportation.  The battered Moondance finally arrived in Wyoming after a long trip and landed on some stacked railroad ties next to Highway 189 with a view of the Rockies.

Former employees Kirsten Dunst and Jonathan Larson were nowhere to be found.

Instead, Cheryl and Vince Pierce set to work refurbishing the old diner for its grand reopening in a remote corner of the least populated state in the union.

Things were going fine until a blizzard dumped 18 inches of snow and the roof crumpled in like a tin can.

Maybe the Moondance moving west wasn’t such a good idea after all.

At least that’s what people in New York started to think, and several articles were posted in city periodicals lamenting the poor, desolate fate of the hapless Moondance.  The condescension coming out of New York was hardly concealed and laced with an I-told-you-so subtext.

A Manhattan Diner in Wyoming??

The Moondance Diner lights up Wyoming

Cheryl and Vince were unfazed.

The Moondance’s classic front sign finally lit up on January 12, and the completely restored diner has been building buzz ever since.

Many natives of the Big Apple have stopped by to visit, and the locals love the place.  The celebrity waitstaff may be gone, but the Moondance has settled down to stay in its new western home.

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2 Responses to A Manhattan Diner in Wyoming??

  1. Diner News and History Staff March 4, 2009 at 2:13 pm #

    Despite many obstacles along the way, it’s good to see the diner open once again. Though New Yorkers continue to lament the loss of their beloved diner.

    Next on the list to leave NY is the Cheyenne Diner.

    -Diner News and History Staff

    • Greg McGuire March 4, 2009 at 4:23 pm #

      That’s right I heard the Cheyenne is going to Alabama! Hopefully her journey is a little less arduous! I guess they need to quit building condos in NYC if they want to keep their diners….

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