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“Re-Opening as The Elusive Moose - under new management” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Purple Moon Pub - CLOSED

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Purple Moon Pub
6163 Main Street ( Route 100 ), Waitsfield, VT 05673
Day 802-496-7234, Night 802-496-3422
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“Re-Opening as The Elusive Moose - under new management”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

The Purple Moon and Easy Street Café are located in the same building and as noted, is out of business, however the new owners are now hiring staff for their new establishment, scheduled to open this ski season. Located on Route 100, across from Laureau Farm / Flatbread Pizza. The rating is for the failed Purple Moon, not the new one, it was evident that they were slowly going out of business as food quality, service and entertainment dwindled.

Visited March 2013
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Montgomery Village, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Not open, totally closed by same owners that closed Easy Street. As of July 1st, not under a sales contract by any prospective new buyers. For pub fare and drinks the next closest pub/restaurant is Ake's Den, just a short distance down Route 100 in Waitsfield. Also close by on route 17 (near its intersection with Route 100) is Localfolk Smokehouse which has a more limited menu than Ake's Den. Both Ake's Den and Localfolk Smokehouse have excellent well written reviews on TripAdvisor. Thank heavens for TripAdvisor reviews!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“The Purple Moon Has Closed It's Doors- Out of Business”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

The Purple Moon Pub and it's sister restaurant, Easy Street Cafe, have closed as of May, 2013. There are no plans (at least none circulating amongst the locals who frequented the place) to use the abandoned space as a new food establishment. While it's no great loss from a culinary and customer service perspective, it does leave a 'Hole' on RT 100 for seekers of conveniently located libations and esculent comestibles. Local Folk Smokehouse is nearby if you're seeking a local, authentic, pool tabled, fun divey experience at reasonable prices (but not fantastic food, if you're a foodie), and Tracks (the downstairs 'Bar' room, no reservations necessary for cocktails, but large parties usually cannot be accommodated without notice) at the Pitcher Inn in Warren serves a light bar menu and has a good cave and tap selection- casual, but more sophisticated~ a bit tonier. Call first ANYWHERE in the MRV, opening and closing times tend to be fluid, frequent closings abound between tourist seasons, and the few fine restaurants tend to be booked days or weeks in advance. Oddly, from a business perspective- on busy nights, no restaurant I've ever called in the Waitsfield/Warren area would serve Take Out of any kind. One would think that that'd be the ticket to earning profits- selling food with no table service- but the culture here doesn't really seem to subscribe to a fiscally motivated ethos. Jay's closed the same week, a loss I'll not mourn. That restaurants in this valley seem to fold and struggle with insolvency, despite a clear desire from many full and part-time residents and tourists to eat out frequently at well run, toothsome, refined, casually elegant establishments (particularly restaurants that are consistently, reliably open for walk-in full service until 10 pm) indicates that the Mad River Valley is acutely ripe for the right sort of restaurant to be launched, and that a talented, finance/business oriented individual (chef-owner?) who understands that working 60+ hours is not only common and universal, but indeed requisite in the food business, might enjoy success in this community that is sorely wanting and athirst for a professionally run, au courant, stylish, informal culinary enterprise. There most certainly is a customer base of devoted foodies who are keenly cognizant of the need for a wider range of choices, and eager to support a fledgling chef/owner who meets these needs with their enduring patronage and unparalleled loyalty and ardor.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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