A year after SoHo's Moondance diner moseyed out west, the cherished eatery of artists, writers and entertainers is still shuttered and gathering dust in Wyoming.
New owners Vince and Cheryl Pierce had hoped to have Moondance open already to the 500 or so denizens of LaBarge, many of whom work in the oil-rich fields around town.
But financing, bureaucratic red tape and a collapsed roof due to January's heavy snowfall pushed the opening back to late September. LaBarge got about 22 inches of snow the day the diner arrived last winter.
Moondance diner gathering dust in Wyoming one year after move
"We're trying to do justice for the diner and its history, not just put it together and open the doors," owner Cheryl Pierce said of the delay.
With the structural repairs completed, all that's left are details like buying tables and tiling the kitchen.