Meet Your Tahoe Merchant: Grand opening to support community
Special to the Sun
What: Mountain Mo’s
Location: 400 Brassie Ave, Kings Beach
Facebook: Mountain Mo’s Bar and Grill
KINGS BEACH, Calif. — There are three things Maury “Mo” Paden knows well and does well: running a restaurant, taking care of family and friends in his community, and having a good time.
This Saturday, Mo and his wife Christine plan to do all three for the grand opening of Mountain Mo’s Bar and Grill in Kings Beach.
With a suggested donation of $15, an afternoon event of music, food, games and drinks will take place, with all proceeds going to the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation’s Community House, a new project to renovate and provide a space for three local nonprofit organizations in the area.
North Tahoe Family Resource Center, Tahoe SAFE Alliance and Project MANA will have a permanent home in Kings Beach with the help of Mountain Mo’s grand opening donation.
“It’s really special what Mountain Mo’s is doing,” said Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation CEO Stacy Caldwell. “They are wanting to make friends in the community so they are showing great support for the Kings Beach and North Tahoe community.”
Veterans to the business, the Padens opened Massés Sports Bar and Grill in 1994. The Walnut Creek, Calif., restaurant, now owned by their children, has become a staple in the area for foosball, pool, darts and watching big sporting events — as well as a great supporter of the community.
“They are inviting their clientele from Walnut Creek to come to the grand opening, which helps expose our effort to a whole new group of people,” Caldwell said.
With eight high definition televisions and a charity event underway, Maury hopes Mountain Mo’s can offer something similar in Kings Beach that Massés does in Walnut Creek.
“Our goal is during winter to have all the football games,” Maury said. “We are a restaurant first and a sports bar second.”
As far as summer fun, bocce ball courts are being finished out in front of the restaurant, which abuts Old Brockway Golf Course and will also feature fire pits that face the lake.
The Padens plan to offer the space for lease as well, for weddings, or private parties, “the whole gamut.”
“It’s not all about drinking,” Maury said. “It’s about having fun.”
Maury is already well loved by his employees, who say he is more like family than a boss. Jose Perez has been working in Kings Beach for 12 years and already says he loves working for the Padens.
“They feel like my parents,” Perez said. “They take care of their employees like family.”
Because Maury loves his employees like family, it hasn’t always been easy watching them come and go. He said most employees have been with him for a decade, but the loss of one special worker still brings tears to his eyes.
At Massés, Maury is a big supporter of cancer research after he lost one of his employees to leukemia. Tearing up at her mention, Maury said the server, also named Christine, was loved by everyone.
He laughed, remembering her chatty ways with the customers and the way she used to tease him.
“She was the worst waitress I ever had,” he said lovingly.
She was 40 years old, Maury said, “what a terrible thing.”
The entire sports bar staff, Maury included, shaved their heads in her honor while she went through chemotherapy. Massés Bar and Grill raised $8,000 in their first year for leukemia research.
The fun atmosphere and the customer rapport is what has brought so much to the Padens’ business in Walnut Creek, which they plan to offer at Mountain Mo’s as well.
“A smile and a ‘how are you doing’ is the most important,” Maury said about making sure to acknowledge each and every customer.
As for the food, Mountain Mo’s has an extensive menu with sandwiches and Pat LeFrieda burgers out of New York, salads and wings. The bar and grill serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days per week and offers specials on Taco Tuesdays and Wing Wednesdays.
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