Moon’s featured on Nevada Backroads TV show

Laura Beaton
Staff Writer

Was Moon’s Restaurant once a brothel, a gambling parlor or a speakeasy? Nevada’s KTVN Channel 2 News reporter Jack Sutton posed those questions during an episode of “Nevada Backroads, A Slice of History,” in a January TV segment.

A film crew came to Quincy in early January and interviewed restaurant owner Lisa Kelly and Plumas County Museum director Scott Lawson about the legendary Moon’s establishment.


A group of people involved in a “Nevada Backroads” television segment gathers at Moon’s in Quincy during filming. From left: Sam and Scott Lawson, Lisa Kelly, Dr. Jack Sutton, Tyson Real and Danielle Jabbour. Photo submitted

Members of the Moon family immigrated to Quincy in the 1870s. In 1930 descendants built a tavern and named it Moon’s. 

Over the years, several Quincy establishments gained a reputation for having a “nefarious past,” according to Lawson. He said Moon’s was thought to store gambling implements, such as poker tables and fantan, upstairs.

Kelly and her husband have been operating Moon’s since June 2012. Kelly described Moon’s as a dinner house known for its Italian food.

As reporter Sutton said in his closing remarks, “Moon’s has become a legend, and today remains a mainstay in the community.”


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