Here's The Story...

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Moe’s Original Bar B Que was founded by three Alabama boys: Ben Gilbert from Athens, Mike Fernandez from Tuscaloosa, and Jeff Kennedy from Huntsville. After meeting at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, they instantly became friends and had a mutual interest in all things Southern: BBQ, blues, college football, and whisky.

In 1988, Mike hooked up with Moses Day in Tuscaloosa and began learning to fire roast meats. When Moses fired up his backyard barrel pit, everyone in T-Town knew where to go. The boys were lucky to learn from Moses and his distinct style makes up Moe’s original flavor of BBQ.

Loving the mountains, the guys eventually all landed in Vail, Colorado and refined the cooking skills they had learned over the years. By using fruit wood to smoke the meats and hitting it with two sauces, they knew they had something special. Moe’s Original BBQ smokes all meats fresh daily. Unlike other BBQ joints, they don't stop there. They prepare six to eight Southern style side dishes and desserts daily from recipes passed down for generations.

Moe’s Original BBQ is a Southern soul food revival where great food is served in an atmosphere that is relaxed, spontaneous, yet civilized….well, sometimes.

 

Moe's Original BBQ Timeline 

Summer/Fall 2001 - Minturn, CO
Using the Cougar Ridge Café in Minturn as our first venue, we roasted our meats on a charcoal grill at Jeff Kennedy’s doublewide on the river. Not glamorous, but it was the start of Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que (MOB).

All running separate restaurants, we built a $600 pit out of Randy Quintana’s junkyard and began catering. Our first gig was serving chocolate covered strawberries and the second was pork at a Jewish wedding. It was a strong start!

Summer 2002, 2003, 2004 - The Tin Top, Edwards/Eagle-Vail, CO
In the winter of 2001-02, the catering proved successful. We bought a 40 foot gooseneck, hay trailer and converted it into a Health Department certified BBQ concession trailer. We decked it out with a tin roof and barn wood siding. With hay bales for seats and wire spools for tables, we set up shop on the street corner in Edwards, CO. We sold out of BBQ 100 days straight and continued this for two more summers on various corners. We now had a product that people craved.

Ski Season 2002-2003 - Lionshead Tin Top
In the winter of 2002 we found a carry out restaurant for sale in Lionshead Village. We bought it turn key for $7,000. Well, turn key to an extent. There was no kitchen and only nine seats, but it worked. We smoked our meats outside all winter and shared a kitchen with Frenchie, a French baker who taught us a whole lot about the French. We were now in business year-round. Moe’s Original Lionshead Tin Top helped to put the Western slums of Lionshead back on the map.

Vail Resorts invited MOB to sell BBQ at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain. Now we were selling BBQ to a vast audience at two world class ski resorts.

Ski Season 2004-2005 - Lionshead Village, Vail
Opened in March of 2005, we retrofitted this 1,500 sq ft restaurant and bar into a cool local dive. It is fully self-sufficient with a Southern Pride 300 pound Smoker which was the first wood burning appliance allowed in Vail in 11 years, thanks to the town officials being huge fans of MOB. It is a local’s favorite year round, lots of fun and a very unique atmosphere.

Summer 2005 - Eagle, CO
Located in a strip mall above a bowling alley, we designed and built this restaurant from the ground up. It is the ideal MOB layout with a completely open kitchen. A Southern Pride 700 enabled us to cook enough meats even in our busiest catering season. This was the first year round restaurant...Goodbye off-season. After completing a five year lease at this location, we decided we had outgrown the strip mall. We redeveloped an old gas station on Highway 6 into our new prototype restaurant model. Taking all our ideas from the past restaurants, we built our perfect Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que that is a neighborhood roadhouse on the West side. This has proven to be a smart move and will continue to be our training grounds and home base for Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que global takeover.

Spring 2006 - Orange Beach, AL
We partnered up with Mark “Pinto” White to test the BBQ waters of Alabama. Gazing out into the Gulf of Mexico, this is truly a country kitchen. There is inside seating for 40 and an additional 20 outside on the deck. All smoking is done on homemade barrel pits which are rolled into the attached smokehouse.  

Fall 2007 - Birmingham, AL
Carving out a niche in the heart of BBQ country was a big step for MOB but brothers Kevin and Eric Witherington were convinced it would work. Along with Kevin and Eric, we purchased a renovated gas station in Vestavia, AL. We customized the kitchen to fit our needs and added an Ole Hickory 700 pound smoker to the dining room. The old service station side is now a Blues Bar, perfect for unwinding after work, catching SEC sports or hosting a private event. We have proven ourselves in a very competitive market.

Spring 2008 - Birmingham Lunch Outpost
Down in the Business District, Kevin and Eric worked out a smokin’ deal and positioned Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que into the heart of the city. It is a small joint with seating for 20. There is a line out the door at lunch Monday through Friday.

Fall 2008 - Denver, CO
Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que & Bowling is the brainchild of Steve Schalk and MOB. Eight lanes of bowling, a stage for live entertainment, and a full restaurant and bar allows for lots of moving pieces to keep us all on our toes. It’s great for private parties and events too!

Winter 2009 - Daphne, AL
Pinto partners up with Brent Boyd to open up Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que & Blues in Daphne, AL. Situated just steps from Mobile Bay and shaded by century-old oak trees and Spanish moss, this location is quickly becoming a BBQ Mecca on the Eastern shore. Add in delicious Alabama BBQ and tasty sides served up seven days a week plus live blues playing every weekend and this joint screams BBQ and Blues.

Spring 2009 - Hoover, AL
The location in Hoover was another one that fell in our laps. After several restaurants failed there (the last being a BBQ concept), the owners of the property came to the Witherington brothers and offered it to them for a prayer. They invested minimal money and had the place up and running within a month. With a simple layout, it is efficient and easy to operate with low overhead and labor. Here, the “runner” is used to deliver food, which has proven to be a little more personable. With an additional customer point of contact, we are considering making this the norm.

Spring 2009 - Lakeview, Birmingham
After conceptualizing, developing, and operating a very successful Lakeview Oyster House in Birmingham for eight years, Kevin decided it was time to concentrate his efforts on BBQ. He and Eric added another member to their team, Paul Clark, an extraordinary chef, and made the switch from oysters to BBQ. With a huge deck, plenty of indoor seating, and an events room, this old house in Lakeview has taken on the feel of another Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que and Blues Revue.

Fall 2009 - Fairhope, AL
The MOB Daphne boys open up an outpost space at downtown Fairhope, AL's Windmill Market. Folks in Fairhope can enjoy our great BBQ on Thursdays and Fridays for lunch and all day on Saturdays and Sundays.

Winter 2010 - Fort Collins, CO
Longtime friends of the Moe’s Original BBQ boys, veteran restaurateur and Chef Ted Schneider secured a great location along the pedestrian mall in the historic downtown district of Old Town. He now brings the signature, made fresh daily, Bama-style BBQ to the good people of Fort Collins.

Winer 2010 - Tuscaloosa, AL
Back to where it all began. John Moss has made a BBQ and Blues statement in downtown T-Town. With the custom woodwork and design, the restaurant and bar have the feel of the Rocky Mountains in the heart of the South. Already proficient with the bar scene in Tuscaloosa, Moss and his team are taking over the BBQ world at our Alma Mater, The University of Alabama!

Spring 2010 - Huntsville, AL
Mike Ellis and Chris Clowers opened Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que in Jones Valley Station in Huntsville, Alabama. This 13th location offers MOB award-winning Bama-style BBQ as well as four flat screen TVs for sports viewing, a patio with picnic tables, views of the mountains and Jones Valley.

Spring 2010 - Downtown Denver, CO
Steve Schalk, owner of Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que & Bowl and the Gothic Theatre, brings the same great BBQ to the downtown Denver. Previously an auto repair shop, this retrofitted MOB offers a sports bar type feel. With multiple TVs, a dozen beers on tap, and garage doors opening to the massive outdoor patio, this location is fit to feed the masses of Denver.

Summer 2010 - Lakewood, CO
Mike Shelly and Co. move into the Bear Creek suburb of Denver. With heavy residential in every direction, this location does an extraordinary amount of carry out business. They have 30 different beers with a deck overlooking East Denver. Shelly being an Auburn fan, we’re experimenting with our first rival décor.

Summer 2010 - Asheville, NC
Located in the Biltmore Village area, MOB Asheville brings our BBQ to an area surrounded by many shops, music venues, and attractions nearby with downtown Asheville minutes away. In addition to a beautiful outdoor patio, there are four large flat-screen TVs for sports viewing and live entertainment on the weekends.

Winter 2011 - Atlanta, GA
Preston Smith and Brett Mancuso’s 2400 square foot renovated Kool Korners Midtown building offers Hotlanta Moe’s Original’s award-winning Bama-style BBQ. Designed with a rustic feel complete with staples of the South, the down home restaurant is comfortable for families, students and professionals alike. With a lively nightlife scene a thirty foot, full premium bar, half dozen high definition TVs and occasional live music, this location is sure to please!

Winter 2011 - Auburn, AL
John Moss, Ryan Helsley and Co. brought award-winning Southern Soul Food Revival to the War Eagle town. Designed with Moe’s Original BBQ’s theme of tying its Alabama and Colorado roots, the fast casual eatery is located in downtown Auburn right by Toomer's Corner. Complete with a 45 ft. full premium bar, this Moe’s Original BBQ has 11 high def TVs to catch all of the games and live music Thursdays through Saturdays.

Winter 2012 - Boulder, CO
With densely populated neighborhoods all around and the nice mix of university students and faculty, local families and seniors, the prime Boulder location seemed like a natural fit to bring Moe’s Original Bar B Que to this community. Much like perfecting the recipes passed down for generations, Mike Shelly's team had a tremendous sense of pride that went into creating the atmosphere of this Moe’s Original Bar B Que.

Spring 2012 - Bangor, ME
Owner Dewey Hasbrouck's dream of moving to back to his home state of Maine with his family and opening a Moe’s Original BBQ became a reality. He's proud to be bringing one of his favorite aspects of the South to his favorite part of the country.

Spring 2012 - Village of Providence, Huntsville, AL
Mike Ellis, Chris Clowers and crew expand their reach in Huntsville with a second location at the Village of Providence. They now offer our Southern soul food revival in the north side of Huntsville and easily accessible to the city of Madison.

Fall 2012 - Breckenridge, CO
Partners Dexter Meadows, John Rediker and Eli Gerstein found a sweet spot in historic district of the Breckenridge ski town with views of the entire ski area and the surrounding Tenmile Range.

Winter 2013 - Mobile, AL
When Pinto saw a 7400 square foot joint in the upper downtown part of Mobile that screamed Moe's Original, he knew it was the perfect spot for his next restaurant that also had the capacity for a large music venue and facility for large parties.

Winter 2013 - Trussville, AL
Adding to three other Birmingham locations, Kevin and Eric Witherington found the perfect spot to bring Moe’s Original Bar B Que to downtown Trussville. It even has a drive thru window! 

Spring 2013 - Nashville, TN

After a combined six years of experience training under the original founders, Alston Noah, Andrew Clark and Jordan Winn were presented with the opportunity to open their first MOB in Nashville's suburb of Franklin, a community starving for something different on the barbecue front.

Spring 2013 - Hendersonville, NC
After a warm welcome in Asheville, NC, Dave Rice brought the all things Southern BBQ experience about 30 miles down the road to Hendersonville, NC.

Spring 2013 - Cullman, AL
After training in Colorado, Joseph Fralic and Cullman natives Justin Gilley and Tyler Schuman decided to introduce Moe's Original BBQ, the award-winning BBQ concept to their hometown.

Spring 2013 - Charlotte, NC
After managing at the Asheville location, Brian and Janeen Fairhurst teamed up with Brian's brother Craig to open their own Moe's Original Bar B Que in the quaint town of Matthews, right outside of Charlotte. 

Winter 2013 - Aurora, CO

Steve Schalk's team decided the Denver area needed another bowling alley paired with awesome Que. It includes 8 lanes of bowling, pool tables, arcade, 18 TVs, and 16 Colorado beers on tap!

Spring 2014 - Panama City Beach, FL

Ryan Helsley, Will Casanova and Trace Armstrong their own BBQ joint to PCB just in time for Spring Break. With a tiki hut bar out front, the expansive patio, it's a smokin' hot place for guests to people watch, socialize, eat and drink while at the beach.

Spring 2014- Granville, OH

Owners Kara Gallagher and Greg Tracey discovered Moe’s original flavor after living in Asheville, NC for 10 years. They partnered with Kara’s mom Nasie to bring the Southern Soul Food Revival back to their hometown community. 

Coming Soon: More Moe's Original BBQ to a town near you!

In over a decade we have grown from a junkyard pit to 29 successful restaurants in eight states with minimal debt. Our logistics continue to be refined for aggressive growth. Give us another ten years and hold on tight!