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.