The Perry County Cafe was the brainstorm idea of my daughter and initiated by a phone call; "Hay Daddy, I bought a building ... and may need your help". My daughter bought the Moore Insurance building in the square of New Bloomfield, Perry County. The building was abandoned after the passing of retired Senator William Moore.
The original 1800's building was added to on the open corner lot (see historic picture below) for a small grocery store. In the 1970's, the building was home to Raffensberger's used car sales, before being purchased by the Moore Insurance Agency.
Needless to say, the building showed its age and abandonment and was in dire need of extensive renovations, structural upgrades and otherwise (let the pictures below speak for themselves), BUT it had the right location for a county cafe. Design plans and renderings were presented before the Bloomfield Borough Planning Commission and Historic Committee. Building permit (phase-1) was issued for structural upgrades and second floor apartment renovations in July 2018. The structural installations paved the way for demolition and opening up the first floor area for construction of the cafe. Cafe (phase-2) building permit was issed November 2018 and cafe construction was completed in July 2019.
The new Perry County Cafe opened for business August 14, 2019. At this writing, the cafe business has survived the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. The community has given the cafe much support and the Perry County Cafe is much appreciative and operating to serve the community.