Good times ending for Old Town Bistro

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It’s been a great three and a half year run for Old Town Bistro at the historic Juan Nepomuceno Garcia House on Abeyta Street, but the good times are soon to end. The business will close on March 31.

Jon Rejent — El Defensor Chieftain: The Moore family have decided to close the Old Town Bistro after three and a half years. March 31 will be the last chance to listen to music and sample refreshments at the popular establishment.

Owner J. P. Moore cites “financial issues” for his family’s decision to shutter the popular restaurant and music venue. Moore and wife Terry will continue to run their bed and breakfast nearby as well as their newspaper delivery routes. Daughter Erin hasn’t decided on her next venture.
“It didn’t live up to our financial expectations,” J. P. said.
The Moores provided a venue for many musicians, often providing free accommodations for out-of-town performers at their bed and breakfast. In return, their business has been a focal point for the local live music scene.
“The musicians like it. We’re real grateful that they choose this as their venue,” J. P. said. “It’s been a lot of fun times, that was what we were trying to do.”
Erin Moore said the high points for her have been the special music events, including the Bob Dylan festival and SocorroFest.
“49ers was always fun (too); I loved having all the alumni — everybody — coming to visit and listen to music,” she said.
Don and Rosie Tripp bought the building and the equipment last August, but the Moores chose to continue operating the business for a few more months.
“They didn’t want it to close right away,” he said. “They’ve been very good to us. They have done a lot of work. They want it (the location) to be a focal point for Socorro, for the plaza.”
The historic building will not be darkened forever.
At the March 17 city council meeting, Twisted Chile Brewing Co. registered as a new business at the 115 Abeyta location. Building owner Don Tripp said the new business is expected to open this summer.
Join local singer/guitarist Johnny Dean and friends 7 p.m. Monday for the last open mic at the establishment. J. P. said they plan to party “till the beer runs out.”