It's hooroo to the Moo Moo
THIS week will be a “mooving” one for Cheryl and John Jenal.
The proprietors of the Moo Moo Cafe will be saying an emotional goodbye to the iconic tourist attraction and all their customers this Saturday.
The large Mooball business, which includes a cafe, general store, antique emporium and petrol station, is renowned for its cowhide decor and merchandise.
People travel far and wide to visit the quirky establishment.
But it will close its doors from this weekend and its future remains uncertain.
Mrs Jenal said yesterday it was sad to see the business closing, and that she was constantly getting complaints from customers.
“I get about 10 customers a day going 'How sad', and saying how wrong it is that it is closing,” Mrs Jenal said.
Mr and Mrs Jenal were told in November 2008 that their lease would not be renewed when it expires in May.
They felt they had no choice but to sell all their stock and close the doors from the end of this month.
The building will be closed for an unknown period while the owners of the Tweed Valley Way property conduct renovations.
It is understood they will re-open the business under a different name, but will keep some of the existing features.
Christine McGugan and David Quaggin assured people the cow theme would remain, but when contacted by the Tweed Daily News, they would not reveal their plans for the building.
“There will be something there, not very different from what it is now,” Ms McGugan told the Tweed Daily News back in November.
She said the “tired” old building needed sprucing up, and that locals would appreciate the upgrade.
Mrs Jenal said all the current cow-themed stock, including figurines, teapots, mugs and placemats, must go.
“It's going, but I've still got a bit left,” she said.
“I'll be opening the doors over the next couple of weeks just to get rid of it all.
“But the last day of trading for the cafe will be Saturday, so people had better get in quick for their last Moo-Moo burgers.”
Mrs Jenal said the cafe's full industrial kitchen and walk-in cool-room would also have to be sold.
She is expecting the regular customers to visit during this week so they can enjoy one last feed and farewell the establishment.
“It's getting very sad,” she said.
“I think we are going to have a very busy weekend.”