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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Secret recipes saved after restaurant fire

By Mike Heine/The Week

A popular Chinese eatery in Elkhorn should be back open soon, and it should be as good or better than ever.

Paul Moy, owner of Moy's Restaurant in downtown Elkhorn, took the time to scribble down all of his secret, homemade recipes a few weeks after his business burned Jan. 8, 2007.

"After the fire, that couple of weeks there, I thought, 'Jeez, it's going to take me a year or more to get back in business,'" Moy said. "I usually make all the seasoning and sauce every day so I never had to write it down because I did it every day."

His book of secrets is tucked away in a safe place, he said.

"Everything should be the same," Moy said.

Find out yourself, hopefully as soon as Wednesday, Feb. 27, his tentative date for reopening.

"The remodeling has been going on pretty good," Moy said. "It's taking time. The restaurant is pretty big. Everything is going to be brand new."

A fire gutted the entire restaurant, located on the first floor of the turn-of-the-century Elkhorn House hotel.

A pile of kitchen rags, which were removed from a dryer, had spontaneously combusted during the early morning hours.

Moy was insured so he was able to reopen, albeit without on-site laundry facilities. The 59-year-old wouldn't have had it any other way.

"I figured, when I'm 62, I want to retire. Now after the fire, retirement is no fun. I'm not going to retire when I'm 62," he said. "A long time ago, I put in 55 to 65 hours a week. I realized retirement is really boring."

Renovations cost about $1.55 million and furnishings cost about $225,000, he said.

Locals will be happy to see his restaurant reopen.

"We have been waiting for it," Elkhorn's Carol Jensen of her and her husband Tom. "We ate there about once a week since they opened. We missed it. It was the best Chinese food in town."

The answering machine at Moy's doesn't list a new opening date so hungry folks are asking the Elkhorn Area Chamber of Commerce.

"We have had so many phone calls," said Heather Boggs, executive assistant. "People are like splitting at the seams, just waiting."

The chamber got 23 calls last week asking when Moy's was reopening.

"The food is wonderful," Boggs said. "I think people want their business back to see it succeed again."

Moy will bring back most of his 26 employees.

Workers were installing carpeting and tile Monday. All of the tables and chairs are delivered, but need to be put together. Plates and silverware is ordered and scheduled for delivery, Moy said.

He wants to have a "soft opening" first, to make sure everything works smoothly. He expects to have a grand opening sometime in early March.

"I just want to keep going," he said. "The days are coming very close, but there is so much left to be done."

New specialty

Most of Moy's menu items will be the same, he said. But keep an eye out for the Chow Fun. It's a fresh noodle made out of rice flour instead of traditional wheat flour, he said.

"It's a different texture, a different taste," Moy said.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the best news that I have heard all year. I can't wait to sit in the same spot that I've sat in for the last 6 1/2 years. I usually went there almost 2 - 3 times a week. Ever since Moy's had it's horrific fire, things just haven't been the same. Nothing around Elkhorn is as appetizing as Moy's. I'm very excited for Moy's to be reinventing itself and hope that the same great flavors and dishes will still be served.

A very loyal customer!

February 20, 2008 1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The is great news, I have been looking for news of the reopening. Nobody beats Moy's shrimp with lobster sauce.

March 3, 2008 12:01 PM  

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