The confluence of Moondog Pizza and downtown Morganton is almost here.
The pizzeria posted on its Facebook page a photograph of its logo being painted on the side of the new Moondog location at 304 S. Sterling St. In the comments section, the business responded to the question of a reopening date with: “Couple weeks at most. Going through inspection process now.”
That news comes after Moondog posted sneak peeks at some of its new décor — countertops, barstools, flooring and lighting fixtures — on Oct. 27 and Oct. 23, the latter date serving as moving day, according to photos posted on the Facebook page.
The pizzeria announced in early October that it would scale back its hours and operate until it ran out of supplies at its former located at 831 W. Union St. The temporary closure started just a few days later as Moondog turned its full attention to the new store.
Joel DeBerry, the pizzeria’s general manager, told The News Herald in January that Moondog would make the move from its original spot on West Union Street to the former Morganton Feed and Seed building on South Sterling Street, and that he was excited about the possibilities of operating downtown.
When open at the new location, the restaurant will occupy the upstairs portion of the store building above where Xcape Room used to be, half of which now is occupied by an art gallery.
The new spot will be about 4,000 square feet, which is considerably larger than the current building, whose upper floor is about 1,200 square feet with a downstairs walk-in cooler. With the bigger space, a larger workforce will be necessary, DeBerry said in January, noting he planned to double Moondog’s staff from about 14 or 15 to 27 or 28.
DeBerry said the parking situation also should improve as Moondog will have use of half of a parking lot between the new space and Allergy Partners of the Blue Ridge. Moondog also will have parking behind the building that is level with the upper floor for those who need handicap accessibility as the front entrance will have stairs. Additional parking can be found in a lot beside Morganton Natural Foods and along South Sterling Street.
Other changes DeBerry said customers could expect will be an expanded menu with chicken wings and liquor. DeBerry said Moondog is planning to work with local breweries and bars on bulk delivery options. The restaurant also will begin to host live music with a house public address system, he said.
Once the move takes place, Moondog is expected to be open seven days per week, DeBerry said.
Moondog Pizza opened in Morganton in 2014.
To follow the latest news from the restaurant, visit Moondog Pizza on Facebook at facebook.com/moondogpizzashop.