Moe's Crosstown Tavern has closed for renovations, according to owner Mike Tronoski.
The old building on Rutledge Avenue is in dire need of a winter cleaning, as landlord Michael Rabin puts it, and so they're closing up during the slow holidays and getting the building spruced up as quickly as they can.
"We have to do renovations," says Tronoski. "It's an old building that needs work."
Rabin says they were not forced to close and that this is a voluntary undertaking.
"We're going to make it better for everybody," says Rabin. "We're going to do some minor repairs to the building. Fix the floors, things that need to be done. We thought about doing it while we were open, but the best thing to do is to close it down and get it done."
Don't worry, Moe's Crosstown will reopen. Both Tronoski and Rabin share our strong feelings for the place. Tronoski has owned it for 12 years and met his wife there. For Rabin, it ranks up there as his favorite place in town, along with Gene's and Tattooed Moose.
"I love it too much," he says. "It's not going anywhere."
No date has been set for the reopen, but they're hopeful it won't take very long at all.
In the meantime, Tronoski encourages patrons to come by the Moe's Downtown location at 5 Cumberland St. They have the same half-price burger night deal on Tuesday night, and the same relaxed neighborhood watering hole vibe. They just don't have brunch. You'll have to wait until Crosstown reopens to get your Moe's Big Breakfast again. And we'll be sure to keep you posted on the progress.