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Moose lodge picks new home

July 03, 2009|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN -- Antietam Moose #2435 is moving into a former Hagerstown restaurant, which will be the group's third home in less than three years.

The fraternal organization has signed a lease to use the former The Grille at Park Circle building near Hagerstown's City Park, said Frank Carpenter, the lodge's administrator.

The lodge is advertising a tentative grand opening of Aug. 1.

Carpenter said the opening date is contingent on the lodge getting the permits it needs.

First, the lodge's parent organization had to approve the move. Carpenter said he expected that to happen by Monday.

Then, Antietam Moose #2435 has to apply for a liquor license and a state trader's license.

Carpenter said the lodge hasn't had any social events since it moved out of the former Eclipse Nite Club building on Leitersburg Pike last August.

It has held meetings at the Washington County AMVETS Post 10 building in Hagerstown.

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Until January 2007, when it moved to Leitersburg Pike, the lodge's home was at 132 National Pike, south of Hagerstown, the current home of Next Dimensions restaurant.

At the time, the lodge was known as the Funkstown Moose because of its proximity to the town.

On Thursday, Carpenter and other members of the lodge were moving equipment into the former The Grille at Park Circle.

He said the lodge will have additional usable space, plus a good kitchen area.

The restaurant building offers more than 4,500 square feet and will seat about 180 people. The former Eclipse Nite Club had a little less than 4,000 square feet and could seat about 120 people, he said.

The Grille at Park Circle restaurant closed in January, more than 13 years after it opened. Richard E. Roulette, one of the owners, said business dropped about 20 percent in its final year.

Carpenter said Antietam Moose #2435 has a two-year lease with building owner Barbara Bristow, with an option to stay longer.

Antietam Moose #2435 has about 490 members, while the women's auxiliary has about 100 to 150 members, he said.

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