After a month-long closure that followed a burst HVAC pipe early in the morning of Jan. 25, a newly-renovated Moe's Southwest Grill will reopen its doors Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. in Blue Back Square.
Owner Matt Rusconi originally thought the restaurant would be closed for about a week, but because damage was greater than originally thought, he and co-owner David Vorchheimer decided not to just clean up, but to give the interior a complete facelift.
"We added a new freestyle coke machine that has over 100 flavors, new furniture, layout," said Rusconi. "But it's the same food, and that's what counts," he said.
The 5th anniversary of Moe's opening in Blue Back Square was on Valentine's Day, but they were not able to re-open in time to mark that date. The delayed anniversary celebration will coincide with the grand reopening, Rusconi said.
Five-year anniversary t-shirts will be given away to the first 500 customers to visit Moe's, said Rusconi. The restaurant will open at 11 a.m., and going forward will have new extended hours of 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
The pipe that burst was part of the building's HVAC system, and it flooded the premises with water as well as glycol, a type of anti-freeze used in heating systems.
The floors, walls, and the ceiling in the back of the restaurant were damaged, and a large hole where the pipe burst also needed to be repaired.
"We're excited to get open again," Rusconi said.