Another Hastings restaurant.....
So, I've been living here 5 years, and I've already witnessed 3 restaurants see their demise in the same location on Main Street in downtown Hastings.
Well, for those of you who don't know, Blue Moon Mexican Cafe is no more!
The restaurant officially closed last week and demolition on the interior began on Friday (if I'm not mistaken).
What will be there you ask? When I walked by, I took a peek at a menu they had by the door and the new restaurant will be RainWater Grill. Now, if I saw correctly, there was a $19 hamburger on the menu... When will these restaurant people learn that Hastings already has Harvest, Blu and Comfort Lounge for the adults and that our little village of severly lacking in reasonably priced, family friendly locations that aren't going to force us to bounce a mortgage payment come the end of the month? I'm really disappointed that there won't be something different going in there. While I wasn't the biggest fan of Blue Moon's food or staff, it was a great place to grab a sangria and walk back home. For the kids, the crayons and coloring mat managed to keep kids busy. I wonder if RainWater will offer a kids menu?
Hopefully the staff won't hang out on the street smoking and cursing half the night like the Blue Moon people did. Good luck to them... hope they last longer than the rest.
I did a quick search and there's an ad on craigslist for RainWater Grill: "vibrant American restaurant is looking for experienced Managers, Waitstaff, Busboys, Line Cooks and Hostess ". At the end of the day if they can serve good food people will come. But I agree with you ,Hastings does not need a $19 burger place. If you order wisely at Tony's, Comfort and Maud's, you can find decent values.
That's all I got on them too was the Craigslist ad. They're painting in some funky colors, let's see what happens. They 86'd all the booth seating along the bar area which is unfortunate.
I was never a fan of Maud's because her attitude is rotten, Comfort is okay, Tony's... eh, I don't know about that place. I always feel like I'm walking into some time warp! Sorta reminds me of the "Reagle Beagle" from Three's Company :-)
I don't understand your review. They do not have a $19 Hamburger. In fact the only entrees above $19 are Lobster and Filet Mignon. Given the location and the quality of the food, RWG is a bargain. The wine is very reasonably priced with several offerings under $10/glass.
I agree that we need more mid-priced restaurants in Hastings, but the prices here are easily comparable to Maude's and the food is worlds above. This is a great value restaurant with excellent food.
Try the grilled calamari
I suggest that some of you folks take another look at RainWater Grill. The food there is delicious, the portions--huge, and the prices very reasonable. I, too, am a Hastings resident, and this is the kind of restaurant I've been waiting for. My Book Club meets there once a month for a late lunch and a discussion. It's quiet and the service couldn't be nicer. I especially love the Tuscan Grill for $11. This is what we needed in Hastings--a pleasant, convenient place, serving good food that doesn't cost a fortune. My husband loves it, too. PatB.