Fridays mean a lot in American culture. It's a night to cut loose, dress up and stay out. Why not celebrate 25 years of dedicated service with Blue Moon Bar & Grill tonight? You can dance, dine out and have a cocktail. There's even a band.Twenty-five years ago today, Brad and Becky Brehmer opened Blue Moon on Seventh Street. "Blue Moon is our baby," Becky said. "It's a wonderful place to see all our friends and great customers. It's been an ongoing love affair for 25 years."To celebrate so many good years downtown, Brad said he's throwing two parties. The first, already held Wednesday, featured local rockers J.T. & the Big Dogs. Tonight will host another local favorite, Ralph Dinosaur & the Fabulous Volcanoes. It will be $5 at the door for music starting around 8 p.m."The crowd was wonderful," Becky said of Wednesday's party. "We saw many great friends and loyal customers of the Moon. It was a super time."Both bands were formed by Brad's "Mesa college buddies from the 1970s" and he said they hold a special place in his heart.Ten percent of proceeds from both all-day parties will be donated to Western Slope Vietnam Memorial Park in Fruita and the Wounded Warriors Project."We've all had friends connected to both those causes," Brad said. "We owe them our 'thank you' and gratitude for veterans of war."
According to Brad, Blue Moon opened its doors to the public on July 20, 1987. By happenstance, Blue Moon's opening date was also the anniversary of man stepping on the moon. And in 1988, Brad and Becky started their well-known Full Moon parties."The first one was held in the month of a blue moon, or when two full moons occur in the same month," Brad said. "We did them monthly for 20 years, before taking a break. ... For those of you who've missed our Full Moon parties, you can look forward to them starting up in 2013."Before opening Blue Moon, Brad and Becky started another restaurant - Pablo's - in 1984. They turned their attentions to the Blue Moon, however, because they strongly felt downtown Grand Junction needed a gathering place.Jo Demsey, who's been with Blue Moon since its inception, said the restaurant maintains its loyal following because "it's just so cool." With its unique copper bar and excellent food, customers always come back.A top-notch staff enabled the restaurant to stay a locals' favorite all these years, Brad noted. "From front to back, we have a strong, dedicated staff," he said.Blue Moon Bar & Grill is located at 120 N. Seventh St., and it's open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. For more information, visit www.bluemoongj.com.