New Moon Craft Tavern staffers Brian Crocker, Becky Nelson, Debby Cargo, Marie McKean and Todd Kain stand outside the former Lazy Moon Craft Tavern in Port Angeles. The bar opens under new ownership at 11:30 a.m. today. (Rob Ollikainen/Peninsula Daily News)

New Moon Craft Tavern staffers Brian Crocker, Becky Nelson, Debby Cargo, Marie McKean and Todd Kain stand outside the former Lazy Moon Craft Tavern in Port Angeles. The bar opens under new ownership at 11:30 a.m. today. (Rob Ollikainen/Peninsula Daily News)

New Moon rising: Tavern set to do business under new ownership starting today

Formerly the Lazy Moon Craft Tavern, the New Moon in Port Angeles will feature beer, cider and wine — and the same staff.

PORT ANGELES — It’s first call at the New Moon.

The former Lazy Moon Craft Tavern in Port Angeles — and Peaks Pub prior to that — will reopen at 11:30 a.m. today under new ownership as the New Moon Craft Tavern.

The homey hangout at 130 S. Lincoln St. will offer the same wide selection of craft beers, ciders and wine with an emphasis on regional brews, bar manager Marie McKean said.

The new owners also retained the Lazy Moon staff.

“This has always been a locals hangout, catering to the people of Port Angeles and Sequim,” McKean said.

“We have great music here several days a week, great food and an ever-changing selection of excellent beer.”

Three days of live music is planned to celebrate “The Rising of the Moon.”

Ches and Friends will take the stage at about 7:30 p.m. today. Joy in Mudville will perform at 8 p.m. Friday. The Other O1NES will play at 8 p.m. Saturday.

“We’re planning on being smashed to the walls,” McKean said in a Wednesday interview. “It’s going to be fun.”

The Lazy Moon closed for undisclosed reasons April 8.

The establishment was purchased by Rick and Peggy Goette, who owned a consulting firm in Las Vegas before moving to Port Angeles in 2002.

“This place has always had a homey, comfortable atmosphere, and when the new owners took over, they kept all the previous employees so they could keep the same vibe,” said McKean, who also managed the Lazy Moon.

As for future plans, the New Moon kitchen will be expanded in February and spirits will be added to the offering “as soon as we get an ice machine,” McKean said.

“We’re so stoked to be working for Rick and Peggy,” she added.

Rick Goette said he and his wife “fell in love” with the charm of Port Angeles and the diversity of the Peaks Pub/Lazy Moon community.

When it became evident that the Lazy Moon was closing, the couple decided to purchase the tavern because it was “too much of an institution and I didn’t want to see it go,” he said.

“We’ve had tremendous support from the regulars here,” Goette added.

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Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at [email protected] dailynews.com.

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