NEW BETHLEHEM – Banquets, family gatherings, class reunions and other special occasions have found a new home in New Bethlehem as two local business owners celebrate the opening of their new banquet facilities at their existing Broad Street location.
Earlier this year, Dean and Mary Ann Moore of EverMoore’s Restaurant purchased and renovated the former Cherico building, located next to their long-time family-owned restaurant, to create a banquet room fit for all types of social functions.
“We wanted to expand,” Mary Ann Moore said earlier this week of why she and her husband decided to buy the adjacent building, which most recently housed a beauty salon. “This seemed like the best option for us.”
According to Moore, the restaurant’s need for more space became more apparent in recent years as EverMoore’s started hosting more parties for local social clubs, businesses, families and class reunions.
“If we had a party, we either had to block off part of the restaurant or, if the party was too large, close completely,” Moore said. So, when the owners of the building next door were looking to sell their property earlier this year, Moore said it was an opportunity she and Dean could not pass up. “We needed more space.”
With the help of family and friends, the Moores removed the building’s drop ceiling and drywall, showcasing its original tin ceiling and walls underneath. The only drywall remaining is in the spots where it was glued and removing it was next to impossible, Moore explained.
They also scraped the hardwood floors to expose as much of the original flooring as possible.
“I wanted the space to resemble its original look from the 1920s,” Moore said. “I wanted people to feel like they were stepping back in time when they walk in.”
At present, the room features four large wooden tables, with a fifth on the way, and a cupboard, all built by local Amish craftsmen. There are also several decorative antique pieces accenting the space.
“The antiques include pieces I bought specifically for the room and pieces that have special meaning to me,” Moore noted.
The transformation of the old building from a one-time hair salon into a banquet room with seating for approximately 50 people took about eight months to get to this point. But, as Moore said, there is still more to do.
“We plan to redo the entire outside this spring,” she said. They also plan to move the restaurant’s prep kitchen from its downstairs location to its future home in the rear of the renovated section.
“It’s a lot of hard work, but worth it,” Moore said. “It’s nice to be able to see the result of our own hard work in person.”
For more information, or to reserve the banquet room, contact EverMoore’s Restaurant at (814) 275-4554.