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Kevmac
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posted 03-07-2005 12:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevmac   Click Here to Email Kevmac     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What Kennedy Space Center/Cape Canaveral area restaurants have displays of space memorabilia?

I have heard about Durango Steak House and the La Fiesta (formerly The Moon Hut).

Rob Joyner
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posted 03-07-2005 11:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm wondering just what kind and how many space artifacts and such were at the Moon Hut. Were they privately owned by the owners, on loan or what?

Have any photos of the inside?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-08-2005 12:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, you'll have to look past the group of space collectors and astronaut to see the memorabilia, but here's a shot from inside the Moon Hut taken in 2001:

albatron
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posted 03-08-2005 12:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, that's a shot from the past, thanks for uploading!

Dave Canneti and I put this gathering together, with much help from many others. Thats Dave's daughter I am kneeling with in the middle front. I kept trying to adopt her but they wouldn't let me.

In the center in the red shirt in the rear is Doc Gaveline and his lovely bride Suzanne. Doc is a story unto himself, a victim of the early days of NASA PR hysteria. A more well deserve guy to be an astronaut you will not find. And one of the brightest and neatest.

To the right of them is Gerry Montague. Sitting together on the right hand table are Steve Zarelli and Rob Pearlman. Standing on the left hand wall starts with Roger Guillemette, Bill and Vicki O'Donnell, Gary and Julie Clark and next to Doc, Don Brady. Also visible is Ian ("skippy in space") sitting in front of the left hand standees, next to him Andy McCulley and Jimmy Brown is standing to Gerry's right.

Towards the front on the lefthand side is Rob Sumowski and Garry Laing. Kevin Taylor's wife is on the right table in the front, and Kevin took the picture.

On the right side standing halfway down is Charles Davis, and in the right hand corner is Dave Cannetti standing behind his (then) wife Tammy (in the pink), Matt Scherzi is to the right of my left shoulder with the beard, behind me is Karen Mauer slightly to the left, Gil Huey in the lefthand corner with beard, to the right behind Kathy Taylor is Jerry Matulka and his bride.

Please forgive me, all whom I left out as my eyesight is bad and I cannot figure out the rest.

HMS
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posted 01-22-2008 01:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HMS   Click Here to Email HMS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Check out "Shuttles" on Merritt Island. Lots of pictures on the walls.

tfrielin
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posted 03-04-2011 05:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tfrielin   Click Here to Email tfrielin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And I might mention that at least one space-related dining spot in the Cape area — the legendary Bernard's Surf — is now gone after being in business wining and dining aerospace big shots and astronauts for decades. We ate there after an early '80s shuttle launch and it was still in business in June 2008 when we were down for our latest Shuttle launch.

But, sadly, sometime last fall, I'm told it went out of business. I wonder what they did with all those autographed astronauts photos?

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MarylandSpace
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posted 04-09-2012 01:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just heard from a good friend that Shuttles Bar and Grill in Merritt Island is now closed. I always enjoyed eating there after a Kennedy Space Center visit.

My favorite visit to Shuttles was when Winston Scott lunched with about 10 space fans. Just a great lunch as Scott was so passionate about the space program and its' benefits.

Jim Behling
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posted 04-09-2012 01:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Behling   Click Here to Email Jim Behling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kevmac:
I have heard about Durango Steak House
It had the old Mousetrap items. It closed and reopened as the Moustrap and now it is closed again.
quote:
Originally posted by tfrielin:
I wonder what they did with all those autographed astronauts photos?
They were moved to Rusty's in the Port.

SpaceKSCBlog
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posted 04-09-2012 08:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceKSCBlog   Click Here to Email SpaceKSCBlog     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by MarylandSpace:
I just heard from a good friend that Shuttles Grill in Merritt Island, FL is now closed. I always enjoyed eating there after a KSC visit.

60 Minutes ran a highly inaccurate piece on April 1 about the impact on the Brevard County economy after the retirement of the Space Shuttle. Scott Pelley interviewed the Shuttles owner, who was crying and claiming the end of the program was the reason his business closed down.

I live about two miles from Shuttles, and I can assure you that it closed for good reasons that had nothing to do with the retirement of the Space Shuttle.

This guy was not the owner who popularized it with space memorabilia. The last owner turned it into a sports bar and removed much of the space memorabilia, replacing it with Boston Red Sox memorabilia. The outside space murals were painted over with a baseball theme.

But the main reason it folded is that the service was terrible. We gave up after a couple visits where we waited without success for nearly an hour for our meal to arrive. The food was mediocre at best.

You don't have to take my word for it. Click here to read its reviews on TripAdvisor. You can see how many bad reviews it got in the last couple years before it closed.

englau
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posted 04-09-2012 10:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for englau   Click Here to Email englau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ha ha. Oops to Shuttles! I just looked up the reviews and I must say, I got a chuckle at this one review that says...
NOT where the astronauts eat... The sign outside the restaurant advertises "Where the Astronauts Eat." Astronauts are very busy people and don't have 2 hours to waste eating a dry overcooked hamburger and fries.
Well, that is too bad!

Ken Havekotte
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posted 04-09-2012 11:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Let me echo what "SpaceKSCBlog" posted above as I do agree with him.

Unfortunately, Shuttles Bar and Grill had never been a favorite eating place of mine, and it's only about a three-minute drive from there to my home/office on northern Merritt Island just below the Kennedy Space Center.

Being near the space center, it was one of the closest "off-base" eating places aerospace workers could meet and get a bite to eat. While nearby Cape-town, Cocoa Beach, and Titusville were too far away from KSC, it would take too long for most workers to eat out and get back to their work stations within a reasonable lunch break time-frame.

At first, Shuttles did allow workers to get back to their work locations, but later, many working patrons were not able to do so.

When Shuttles first opened many years ago, it wasn't all that bad in service and food quality (it was, in my opinion, "just okay"), but it has never been a favorite restaurant of mine, and for other reasons, too.

My last two occasions there were a meeting/lunch with the ASF folks in 2011 and beforehand, a late lunch with a shuttle astronaut friend. Since last year, I never did go back before it closed, nor did/would I suggest Shuttles to visiting space friends and tourists.

Changing directions a little, there is another space-themed restaurant here on the Island that I don't think anyone has mentioned yet. Applebee's, located across from the big Merritt Square shopping center, has been displaying a bunch of space memorabilia on 3-4 of their walls since they first opened up during the early 1990s.

As you first enter the main restaurant doors, you can see framed astronaut signed photos, plaques, magazine covers, launch pad relics, some Aldrin-owned artifacts, along with a few other aerospace collectibles. There is also another "space wall" located in a semi-private room of Applebee's towards the back, or north-end, of the restaurant.

I should know as all of their space lots were donated by my firm when Applebee's first opened to the public.

Astrobilia
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posted 05-22-2013 03:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Astrobilia   Click Here to Email Astrobilia     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How can one forget Fat Boy's on A1A and The Moon Hut?

I lived in Costa del Sol across the street and tipped a few there among the astronauts. When Huck and Jesse ran it, it was quite a place. When it folded, I bought a few pictures from the wall and as they removed their long astro-butt-polished bench seat and another shorter one, as well (and found a Moon Hut menu later) and still have them.

I was going to cut the benches into mounts for 8x10 photos, but had no saw (in condos), and eventually moved up here to Geogia mountains. Have a lot of photos of the Moon Hut goings-on and the destruction of Fat Boy's on A1A.

Found my Moon Hut page master but someone stole it. Same for the Fat Boy site. Oh well, will keep searching.

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Cozmosis22
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posted 01-01-2014 01:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Recently came across this photo circa 1995. Am occasionally reminded that "a collection without organization is just an accumulation."

The big round Moon Hut sign on the building.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-21-2014 10:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Central Florida News 13 reports that Shuttles Restaurant and Bar is set to reopen in the coming weeks.
It sat empty for almost two years, which made it more run down each day. That's when [new owner Darron] Dobson swooped in and bought the place he had wanted to own for most of his life.

After months of renovations, Shuttles is now flying again and almost open for business. The walls have some pictures of astronauts, and space shuttle items are back on display.

But Dobson hopes for more. He wants to fill his walls with memorabilia once again with memories of the shuttle program as it rockets to the future.

Dobson said he hopes to open the restaurant by May 1.

Photographs of the new renovations can be found on Shuttles' Facebook page.

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