York Blue Moon expanding bar area

Expansion and renovation efforts includes outdoor seating, larger bar area, owner says.

David Weissman

York Blue Moon, in the heart of downtown York's WeCo district, recently began renovations that will add approximately 3,200 square feet of restaurant space, according to the owner.

Darrell Tobin, co-owner of York Blue Moon, poses in front an area his restaurant is in the process of converting into an outdoor seating space.

Darrell Tobin, longtime owner and chef at the casual upscale restaurant, said work on the expansion effort began last Monday and builders have told him the job would take four to six months.

Much of the expansion efforts focus on the incorporation of an adjacent building — which formerly housed an antique store — that Tobin said he and his wife have owned for five years.

The restaurant's bar will be moved into the new addition with seating for 14 people, he said. The rest of the area will be converted to lounge space that will seat 20-30 additional patrons.

York Redevelopment Associates employee Daniel Pineda shovels debris as work begins on the York Blue Moon expansion Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. An adjacent building is being restored and will connect with the existing restaurant.  Bill Kalina photo

Behind that building, Tobin said he's planning to add outdoor, lawn seating that should amount to about 60 seats.

Combined with the current indoor and covered, porch seating, the additions will give the restaurant four different spaces to seat guests. Tobin said he'll never fill all four areas "unless there's a zero percent chance of rain."

Other additions include bathrooms compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Tobin said. Patrons should not expect any interruption in service except for one week at a yet-to-be-determined date in the future.

— Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com.