by Elizabeth Rago
MAPLE PARK—May 2013 ends a brief interlude in the Moon Dance Diner and Grill’s history, as George and Elizabeth Georgiou will soon re-open the Maple Park classic American eatery with select hours.
Located at 309 Main St., the Moon Dance Diner and Grill will be open for Classic Car Cruise night on Wednesdays, from 4 to 9 p.m., and breakfast on the weekends from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. In the future, George looks to run lunch Thursday and Fridays, in addition to Friday Night fish frys and shrimp boils.
“We are going to open the diner and serve on the days which thrived in the past,” George said.
Raised amid the bustle of his father’s restaurant business as a young child, it was only natural that George would create a concept like the Maple Park establishment. After securing the 100-year-old building in 2011, which once housed Sanders’ Barber Shop, George and his wife Elizabeth were excited to meet older residents who visited the diner to share stories about getting their first haircut in the historic building.
Serving classic American fare like breakfast, burgers and sandwiches, George has streamlined the existing menu, but assures patrons he has not forgotten about their favorites.
“Our homemade chicken salad, rueben sandwich and turkey panini are still on the menu,” he said.
So what would George like the Moon Dance Diner and Grill to be known for?
“We would like to be known as the coolest diner in the Fox River Valley for our atmosphere, good service and good food,” he said. “We like this location because we love the small community of Maple Park, and there are no other restaurants in town.”
Ready your utensils, Maple Park. A tentative opening for Memorial Day weekend is on the horizon, so keep your eye on the Moon Dance Diner Facebook page for grand re-opening specifics.
“We are very happy to be back, and want Moon Dance Diner and Grill to be a positive addition to Maple Park and its citizens again,” George said.
For more information about the Moon Dance Diner, check out www.moondancedinerandgrill.com or visit the “Maple Park Moon Dance Diner and Grill” page on Facebook.