Given our tragic view of the restaurant world — and in fact, “the sorry scheme of things entire,” as the Rubaiyat has it — we were only too ready to believe that the Moondance Diner’s move to the far west would end in ignominy and failure. (That’s certainly the way it looked the last time we saw it, broken down and caved in amid the desolate plains.) But it turns out we were wrong! According to AM New York, the diner has been rebuilt and renovated in LaBarge, Montana, right down to its iconic rotating moon sign, which will be reinforced against the fierce Montana winds. “We’re hoping we can very much be a destination diner for the town and bring something new and exciting to LaBarge,” the diner’s new owner, Cheryl Pierce, says. And what could be a nobler goal than that?
The Moondance, in its former life. Photo: Getty Images