The Blue Moose Cafe closed in November 2016 after 16 years of serving lunch and dinner in downtown Eagle.
The business took a huge financial hit during the recession in 2008 and just never got back on track, says owner Marcy Anderson. She decided to close the restaurant in late 2016. The building is on the market because “it’s a good time to sell,” says Anderson, who is now living and working as a caterer in McCall.
But to add to Anderson’s situation, someone has stolen The Blue Moose Cafe’s signature sign. The hand-carved artisan piece from New Meadow’s wood carver Bob Connors hung on the front of the building.
“It was on there really good, so someone had to work to get it down,” Anderson says.
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Just the hardware is left now. Anderson’s mother noticed the sign was missing on June 15 when she came by to grab something from inside.
“I’m just heartbroken,”Anderson says. “It was a gift, and it has special meaning for me and good memories. Who would take it?”
A former golf pro, Anderson opened the restaurant in 2000 by converting a bungalow-style house into a lunch and dinner spot. It was a quaint, comfortable place for people who live in the Eagle area, and, at one point, Anderson was doing 125 lunches daily at the noon hour. However, with so many more restaurants opening in the area and at The Village at Meridian, she faced an uphill battle, Anderson says.
The decision to close was tough.
“There was a lot of blood, sweat and tears in that business,” she says. “The sign was a reminder of good times. The Blue Moose was a special place. I just want the sign back. No questions asked.”
If you know anything or want to return the sign, contact Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (208) 631-1096.