The Mayor said that tens of applications crossed her desk, but in the end a movie theater and a restaurant made the most sense.
“I think this town needs a movie theater. Who doesn’t like movies? They’re a great escape and an excellent medium for storytelling,” she said. “And as far as food goes, well, there aren’t too many things Moosevillians appreciate more than good food.”
Construction is already in progress, and the Mayor said crews are on schedule to finish renovations by the end of January.
Owned by independent business developer MooseCo, CineMoose Theater will occupy the west wing of the mansion.
CineMoose promises Moosevillians a first-class movie watching experience complete with like-at-home seating, personal volume control, and access to your own kitchen staff to whip up personalized movie-going treats.
“There’s no other place that offers a movie watching experience quite like this, except maybe cable TV, YouTube, and Vimeo,” said Pi Piper, a spokesperson for MooseCo. “Vine and Instagram also make the list but other than that, no one’s doing what we’re doing.”
The thing that will set CineMoose Theater apart from others, the company says, is its partnership with its closest neighbor. Patrons of CineMoose will be able to order from Deer Liza’s menu and can be served right at their seats.
“There are two parts in this equation,” said Piper. “We provide the movies, and Deer Liza’s provides food. The combination of the two makes for a fun, no-fuss night out with family and friends, which seems to be an important value in this community.”
Owned by the Buffaloaf Cattle Company, Deer Liza’s will take the east wing of the mansion, which includes the gardens.
Deer Liza’s will offer an eclectic menu of Hispanic, Italian, Asian, and American cuisine, a full service bar, and live music on the weekends.
“The menu we’re creating has the perfect snack for movie-goers, but it also gives a range of local and international options for those looking for an experience of cinematic proportions with just food,” said Deer Liza’s Master Chef, Artie Sancooker. “Add in the live music, and we’ll be the epicenter for Mooseville night life.”
Once a place for government happenings, the Mayor’s Mansion will soon become a one-stop shop for a night on the town, and that’s something most Moosevillians are excited about. Others, however, are less enthusiastic.
Deer Liza’s pristine location on the heavily trafficked Moose Street could pose problems for Mooseville Café, which is located off the beaten path on Antler Drive. Mooseville Café owner and Head Chef, Anita Pepper says she’s not concerned about losing business and welcomes Deer Liza’s to the community, whole-heartedly.
“A little competition never scared me,” said Anita Pepper. “In fact I don’t even consider it competition. We don’t offer the same things. If you want mouth-watering, home-style cooking made from the heart, you’ll come here to Mooseville Café. If you want something from that out-of-towner, you’ll go there.”
The Mayor says she’s hoping that Moosevillians will support businesses both on and off Moose Street.
“Moose Street runs through the heart of Mooseville, but Mooseville is so much more than just one street,” said the Mayor. “Everyone who lives here knows that it isn’t the roads or land that unite Mooseville; it’s the people.”
Deer Liza’s will begin taking reservations and CineMoose movie tickets and show information will be available to the public after the New Year.