The rendering for Patriot Public House, designed by the DS2 firm, is depicted in these two photos. (Submitted photos)
The rendering for Patriot Public House, designed by the DS2 firm, is depicted in these two photos. (Submitted photos)
History on West Main is coming full circle for two Highland County residents. Angel and Jim Mootz have recently purchased vacant land in the uptown historic district in Hillsboro. The purchase was made from the Hillsboro Community Improvement Corporation to turn what has been a longtime dream into reality. 

Angel Mootz's family history began on West Main Street in Hillsboro in the early 1980s when her late father Clyde Reffitt and mother Nellie Reffitt purchased Magee’s, the family-owned diner we all knew and loved. Clyde Reffitt’s brother Orville and his wife Vickie managed the diner and later purchased the business.

This gave the perfect opportunity for Clyde, Nellie and daughter Melody to open another diner, one that was exactly what they imagined. "Main Street Diner" made its debut in 1987 and had much success in the five years while open, until the unexpected passing of Clyde Reffitt.

Angel Mootz described her past and vision of the memorable space.

“I have fond memories of working my first part-time job at age 13 with my family,” she said. “My dad having his specific barstool at the counter where he always sat — I will never forget those years.

“It honestly wasn't the same without Dad being there with us, and my mother and sister ended up selling the diner in 1991.”

Angel and Jim Mootz recently released renderings designed by the DS2 firm of their planned new restaurant, the Patriot Public House.

“I always knew that I wanted my own restaurant, and for years I’ve collected unique menu items and interior and exterior design ideas,” Angel Mootz said. “I have also been drawn to the uptown Hillsboro area and felt in my heart that was where I wanted to be and also feel our vision would be an amazing asset to the uptown area.

“We've finally found that perfect location, and the time has come. I know that my father would approve and be proud of what Jim and I are doing.”

The Hillsboro CIC is a nonprofit economic development corporation that encourages and promotes economic development in the City of Hillsboro. They have worked closely with the Mootzes to ensure a seamless process for their vision.

“We want to welcome the Mootz family back to Hillsboro and look forward to watching the progress of their restaurant,” said Lauren Walker, the City of Hillsboro Economic Development Coordinator.