Moondog Pizza is scaling back its hours in preparation for a move downtown.

A Morganton pizzeria temporarily is scaling back its hours of operation in advance of a planned move downtown.

After announcing the move in January and originally hoping to be at a new location by spring or summertime, Moondog Pizza has announced it is cutting its hours until ingredients run out at the current site.

The pizzeria alerted customers to the change via a post on its Facebook page Friday.

“Everyone get ready,” the post read. “You’ll notice we’re scaling back our hours this week to begin winding down things at our current location and begin moving into our newly renovated downtown spot this month. We’ll be open from 4-10 (p.m.) this week, but our supplies are limited. When we’re out, we’re out.

“So, come by and have a slice, reminisce with us about how amazing our years here have been, but get excited. Change is finally here and we can’t wait to share the same great food at a new place we know you’ll love. Stay tuned over the next month for updates and as we share these exciting changes with all of you.”

Joel DeBerry, the pizzeria’s general manager, told The News Herald in January that Moondog would make the move from its original and current spot at 831 W. Union St. to the former Morganton Feed and Seed building at 304 S. Sterling St., 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 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 customers 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 PA, he said.

Once the move takes place, Moondog is expected to be open seven days per week, DeBerry said.

To follow the latest news from the restaurant, visit Moondog Pizza on Facebook at facebook.com/moondogpizzashop.

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Justin Epley can be reached at jepley@morganton.com or 828-432-8943.

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