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Suwanee's Moondance Lounge Selling Memberships 'To Keep Us In Business'

The fine dining/entertainment facility on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard also has reduced operating days for 2013.

The owner of Moondance Restaurant and Lounge in Suwanee, which acknowledges financial problems, has begun selling membership packages "to keep us in business."

In a blog post dated December 29, Christine Alestra noted the recent restaurant closures in Suwanee that include the Olde Towne Tavern & Grille in Town Center.

"As we approach 2013, Moondance faces these same realities. We have analyzed our business closely and cut costs where we could. Until our revenue grows more significantly, these measures on their own are not enough to cover the high annual bills that come due starting on the 31st of December. That’s where you come in," the post noted.

So the restaurant, which opened in late 2011, is offering member packages for individuals and musicians, ranging from $500 to $5,000. Also, Alestra noted that the restaurant will only open on Thursday through Sunday in 2013, with the exception of private parties or corporate events.

There are encouraging signs for Moondance. Alestra noted that two New Year's Eve events are "basically sold out."

"If you share our belief that Moondance fits a special niche in Gwinnett and it’s just a matter of time before Moondance becomes the preferred venue for many that we know it can be, we invite you to consider making a financial investment to keep us in business," the post continued.

On December 20, Olde Towne was shuttered in a bankruptcy proceeding. And Cafe Gourmandises recently closed on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. Even though Olde Towne is a chain, the Suwanee location was operated independently, according to website information. Cafe Gourmandises and Moondance also are independently owned.

In addition to high-end dining, Moondance offered various forms of entertainment. Programs such as a live jazz brunch and a dancing to a live DJ were offered. Nationally known performers such as Randall Bramblett and Geoff Achison also performed there.

-- What do you think of Moondance's plan to sell memberships? What do you think of the restaurant market in Suwanee in general? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Bill albrecht December 31, 2012 at 02:23 PM
When we went to Moondance it seemed to us as more of family resturant then adult. Small children were running around on the dance floor. The food at the bar seemed to be microwaved and not fresh. Mo dance needs to decide what type of customer they wish to serve.
Jim Kerr January 04, 2013 at 03:55 AM
Wouldn't it be a poor decision to buy gift cards to a place you know is having financial problems? Why would it make sense to buy a membership? How about offering great food? Twisted Taco will go next. Their food is awful. Don't blame Suwanee! We want good restaurants in Suwanee!
CSmith March 09, 2013 at 01:22 PM
@jim kerr - you hit the nail right on the head. Let's try great food and service and see what happens. Olde Towne had neither, so why is everyone shocked that it's gone. Moondance had the appearance of someone who wanted to play restaurant, but couldn't make up his/her mind exactly how the game was going to go. Great, fresh food and decent service.....people will come.
Steve Burns March 09, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Thanks for the comments, everyone. Shows that Suwanee cares about its restaurants.

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