owner of Unger’s Bay Seafood Restaurant in Winchester Bay, has
recently purchased the Blue Moon. The Blue Moon had been a fixture in
this area for many years until it closed down nearly a year ago. The
name has now changed from ‘The Blue Moon Restaurant and
Lounge’ to ‘The Blue Moon Saloon and Cafe.’ But the
name isn’t the only thing that has changed. In the past, the
space was incredibly dark, but Cassie has made a few changes. She has
uncovered windows that line the front of the building. They have been
covered up with plywood for decades. “The place has really
lightened up,” Cassie says. She plans on playing rock and country
music. “I really want to stay away from music with all the foul
language,” Cassie explains.
day after purchasing the business, Cassie noticed an old historical
picture of the building with a family standing in front of it, hanging
on the wall in the cafe. She admired it from afar and noticed a
sticky note that was attached to it. It read, “Mavis Perkins,
born 1927, residing at Ocean Crest, was born upstairs of Sanford Dairy
and Grocery, now known as the Blue Moon.” The very next day she
went over to Ocean Crest to find Mavis. She knocked on the door and
greeted Mavis, “Hi Mavis, I am Cassie. I don’t want to
alarm you but I just bought the Blue Moon downtown and there is a
picture hanging on the wall and there is a note attached to it that
says you were born upstairs. “Yes, I was,” Mavis replied.
Cassie continued, “My question is are you a Sanford? “My
dad was Glade Sanford,” responded Mavis. Thole Sanford is the man
in the picture. Cassie was flabbergasted. Thole is her grandfather. The
Blue Moon was once owned by her family and she didn’t even know
it. Come to find out, Mavis is her second cousin that she never knew
she had, and Mavis’s son, Cassie’s 3rd cousin, has been a
customer of hers for years.
building was built in 1925 and Mavis was born in 1927. The only other
living person in the picture is Mavis’s aunt Loma, age 98.
Loma’s son, who lives in Salem, came down and confirmed that
Cassie’s great grandfather actually built the building! At
that time the property was owned by Cassie’s great grandparents,
Millie and Herman Sanford.
picture on the wall even said ‘Sanford Dairy and Grocery’
on the window. But I just wasn’t paying attention,” Cassie
explains. She brought Mavis in to the building a couple weeks back,
before Cassie had uncovered the windows. Mavis made the comment,
“Why did you cover up the windows? Grandma had her sewing room
over there.” Cassie plans on having Mavis come and take a new
picture in front of her birthplace and first home. Unknowingly, the
building is back in the family. What are the odds? Come on down for a
fun and refreshing time and meet Cassie, the new owner and descendant,
to the Blue Moon. The Blue Moon Saloon and Cafe is located at 871 South
Broadway in Coos Bay. You can contact the Cafe at (541) 266-8778 and
the lounge at (541) 266-8777.