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120 N. Seventh St. 970.242.4506 www.bluemoongj.com

Brad & Becky’s Blue Moon Celebrating a quarter century of good food and good friends STORY BY PRISCILLA MANGNALL

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he building that’s home to the Blue Moon Bar and Grille has a varied history, built in 1925 by J. A. Dixon to house his plumbing business on the first floor; it boasted a full concrete basement and a freight elevator. It was touted as a thoroughly modern structure which meant it had bathrooms. The upstairs was divided into four apartments with showers tubs and built in refrigerators. Very modern! In the 1930s it housed a sign company, the Felmlee Glass Co. (Vicki Felmlee’s grandfather’s business), the Orson Rollins Grocery and Grand Mesa Coffee. In the ’40s an auto accessory and parts store occupied that space and then in the 1950s, it was the district offices of Grand Valley Rural Power. Brad and Becky Brehmer opened the Blue Moon in 1988. Becky William Brehmer is a Grand Junction native and Brad came to Grand Junction in 1972 as

1980 Fisher’s Liquor Barn opens its doors.

a student and football player at Mesa Junior College. Brad gained extensive restaurant and hospitality experience working with Harry Mahleres and Danny Williams to open The Vault in the basement of the brand new Valley Federal Plaza at Fifth and Rood, current home of Alpine Bank. PHOTOS COUR In 1978 Brad was the general TESY: MUSEUM OF W. COLO . & PRISCILLA MA manager of Harry M’s fine dining NGNALL’S HI STORICAL AR CHIVES and disco at 715 Horizon Drive. He met Danny Williams’ sister Becky Williams and she managed The Blue Moon opened on July 20, the fine dining part. Becky and Brad ventured out on 1987, on the very anniversary that man first stepped their own in 1984 and took over a building at 29th on the moon. On a night of a full moon in May of and North Avenue that housed a Round the Corner 1988 they started their infamous Full Moon parties. Hamburger place that sat where the new Walgreen’s What Brad and Becky are most proud of is their is now. Pablo’s was an instant success with its 25 years of serving their customers and friends Mexican dishes that were like none we’d ever — knowing customers by name, greeting them at the had before. door, and always being there, like an old friend.

1981 Grand Junction establishes the Downtown Development Authority.

1982 Collapse of oil shale industry.

2012 SUCCESS 17

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