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Tomy1
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posted 03-02-2005 07:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tomy1   Click Here to Email Tomy1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Seen today on the Moon Hut restaurant sign: Coming soon the "La Fiesta" Mexican restaurant!

spaceuk
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posted 03-03-2005 07:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What! Mexican food in the Moon Hut? It'll be Chinese noodles next at Tranquillity Base. I like Mexican and Chinese foods as it happens though.

Rob Joyner
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posted 03-04-2005 10:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is the Moon Hut already closed? If not, do you know when this change will take place?

star51L
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posted 03-06-2005 09:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for star51L   Click Here to Email star51L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Moon Hut = Mexican?!? Perhaps Bill Dana bought it?

Ben
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posted 03-07-2005 05:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unfortunately the Moon Hut is closed now.

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 rowdy group of space collectors and astronaut to see the memorabilia, but here's a shot from inside the Moon Hut taken in 2001 at a Geekfest organized by Al Hallonquist and Steve Zarelli:

skippy in space
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posted 03-08-2005 06:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for skippy in space   Click Here to Email skippy in space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey I'm in that photo and not in a kilt!

MarylandSpace
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posted 03-08-2005 11:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe it was Uncle Al (center between the tables) and Mr. Canetti (can't remember first name right now, I have the flu) organized this gathering shown in the photo.

Although I have darker hair now, I'm the guy with the whitest hair and moustache!

Astronaut Dr. Duane Graveline was our special guest (back center), and he graciously answered all our questions, posed for photos, and autographed our photos (he provided some too). He was a very interesting person to talk with.

What was most important to me from this gathering was to talk with Steve Zarelli. I was in a deep depression from 9/11 and my mind kept telling me that 60,000 had perished. Talking with Steve, I found out that he was in the station in the basement of the World Trade Center after the planes had hit, and was able to escape before the towers collapsed. I was talking with a survivor and it had given me hope. I will always be thankful for this meeting.

We gathered the next year, too, but with a smaller group.

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 Rob - thats a shot from the past, thanks for uploading!

Gang "Geekfests" were quite common at one time, inspired and first put on by the venerable Russ Still who was there this night but I can't quite tell if he's in the pic or not. I do not believe he is. He was gladly signing copies of Guenter's bio that he wrote. I miss these events. It was a chance for collectors to get together, swap lies and memorabilia. Some historic deals were made at these events. The one at Russ's house should go down in history as being the best one.

However, this one was the most well attended one and at the most historic place. Garry is correct, Dave Canneti and I put it 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 the man, the mystery: Mr. Mint, 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, dear friend and prolific writer, Bill and Vicki O'Donnell, Gary and Julie Clark and next to Doc Don " the Dawgman" Brady (whom you know as Apollo11lem5). 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 Mints right. Towards the front on the LH side is Rob Sumowski, Garry has already ID'd himself although he has a new look today. Kevin Taylors lovely 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 LH 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.

I thought Tomy1 was there, but I cant tell in this picture, he's usually quite prevalent at all events along with some guy who's name I am forbidden by the National Security Act in naming or showing a picture of.

Phew! What a grand time. Thanks again Rob for sharing the photo.

Kevmac
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posted 01-22-2008 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).

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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.

ApolloAlex
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posted 01-22-2008 04:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ApolloAlex   Click Here to Email ApolloAlex     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes check out Shuttles Bar and Grill and try out the Burgers and not forgetting the Chicken wings but I advise the mild ones first.

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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ApolloAlex
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posted 03-09-2011 05:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ApolloAlex   Click Here to Email ApolloAlex     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My family and I went to Bernies in 2009, such a shame it had great service, the staff were very friendly and the food was delicious and if I remember correctly was just across from Yen Yens the Chinese restaurant.

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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 Grill in Merritt Island, FL is now closed. I always enjoyed eating there after a KSC visit.

My favorite visit to Shuttles was when Dr. Winston Scott lunched with about 10 space fans. Just a great lunch as Dr. 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 tfrielin:
I wonder what they did with all those autographed astronauts photos?
They were moved to Rusty's in the Port.

Jim Behling
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posted 04-09-2012 01:28 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.

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.com. 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!

Are there any new places that opened up around there? Even that don't have space memorabilia, but are just nice places to dine?

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.

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posted 04-10-2012 05:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceKSCBlog   Click Here to Email SpaceKSCBlog     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by englau:
Are there any new places that opened up around there? Even that don't have space memorabilia, but are just nice places to dine?
A dive bar called Varsity Sports Pub opened up a mile to the south of Shuttles, but it's definitely low end. They have a sign out front that reads, "Bikers Welcome."

The best place to eat north of the 528 Beachline is the King's Duck Inn. It's about two miles south of where Shuttles was. KDI is a bit pricey and the service is a bit slow, but they're packed every night and the owner never whined on 60 Minutes.

A hidden gem is Nautical Spirits in the Harbortown Marina. It's a bit hard to find. From SR-3 AKA Courtenay Parkway, just before you get to the 528 Beachline there's a road to the north of 528 called Sea Ray Drive that parallels 528. Harbortown is a couple miles east of SR-3 on Sea Ray Drive. Nautical Spirits is comparable to King's Duck Inn but it's a much nicer ambiance, right on the marina with a view.

Neither KDI or Nautical Spirits has a space theme, but they're the best you'll find north of 528. Unless you want to go to Subway.

North Merritt Island is desperately in need of a neighborhood shopping center with a couple good restaurants.

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posted 04-10-2012 06:08 AM     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 SpaceKSCBlog:
North Merritt Island is desperately in need of a neighborhood shopping center with a couple good restaurants.
Causeway Diner.

I believe the population isn't enough to support one. See Cape Canaveral and how long it took to get a Publix.

SpaceKSCBlog
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posted 04-10-2012 07:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceKSCBlog   Click Here to Email SpaceKSCBlog     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Forgot about that place, thanks. I tried it a couple times but didn't care much for it. My wife loathes it, so it's off the list.

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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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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.

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