Courtesy of the Dothan Eagle
Blue Moon Café opened its door 10 years ago in Dothan, offering authentic Cajun cuisine to its customers. Now, with the business outgrowing its current location on Foster Street, the café will soon relocate – across the street.
Janna Holland, owner of Blue Moon Café, will be the first to tell anyone, Foster Street is home to Blue Moon. However, she also knew that with the customer base growing she and her husband, Eddie, needed to really focus on relocating.
“Before deciding to relocate and expand the café, it did cross my mind maybe we should just shut the doors and call it quits,” Holland said. “But honestly, I was not ready to do that. I enjoy what we do here and it was not time to stop.”
Instead of throwing in the towel, the Hollands decided to look at several locations in the downtown area. In a blink of an eye, they found the new home of the Blue Moon Café – the old T R Frith Seed & Hardware Building, located at the corner of Crawford and South Foster streets.
“To me, this location is perfect,” Holland said. “I can remember visiting Frith’s Hardware when I was younger with my father. After the location was mentioned to us, well, the vision started becoming reality.”
The Hollands are predicting to have the old hardware store renovated and ready to open as the new Blue Moon Café in July.
“There is a lot to be done at the new location,” Holland said. “But we are ready and we are excited about having it completed.”
Once renovations are complete, the old T R Frith Seed & Hardware building will be converted to a spacious kitchen area and a full service bar. As customers enter into the area, they can enjoy mingling or dining in the bar area or travel down to a dining area decorated in a Louisiana/Cajun Style décor.
“The signs we have hanging in our current location will definitely find their way to our new location,” Holland said. “The signs help bring Louisiana to our area.”
Blue Moon Café’s other trademark is its bayou mural. Although the mural can’t be relocated, Holland is working on a way to bring that part of Louisiana’s history to their new location.
“Our goal is to have our new location continue to not only express the history of Louisiana but local history as well,” Holland said. “I am currently in the process of tracing down pictures and memorabilia items of the old T R Frith Seed & Hardware. We want to bring history back to life in our new location. We are also trying to refurbish as much of the building as possible.”