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Co-owner of Moose's hopes bistro will reopen in new location

July 26, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

The co-owner of Moose's American Bistro on West Washington Street in Hagerstown said he wants to reopen in a more suitable spot after slow business forced him to close last week.

Weekend patronage was strong, but the mediocre foot traffic on weekdays couldn't keep the downtown restaurant afloat, co-owner Harold McCauley said.

Moose's opened about a year ago.

"We'd like to thank our loyal customers," McCauley said. "I hope downtown comes around ... (and) I believe it will. It's just hard to hang on until things come around the corner."

McCauley said the business climate downtown was unfavorable for most restaurants.

Last month, the Snow White Grill on South Potomac Street closed after more than six decades of business.

However, several other restaurants, including Duffy's and 43 South, recently opened downtown.

McCauley said he doesn't know when or where Moose's would move, and plans to keep the restaurant's equipment to start over.

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McCauley hasn't ruled out opening somewhere else in Hagerstown, he said.

During peak business, he said Moose's employed about 15 chefs, servers and other staff.

McCauley said he and his partner, Richard McCleary, leased the building after Roccoco closed. They made minor renovations to make the atmosphere "softer" and "more inviting," he said.

Moose's will be cleared out by the end of the month, he said.

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