^ Moe’s Original Bar B Que owners Nasie Gallagher, Greg Tracey and Kara Gallagher.
Music, art, and food are the magic combination of culture that stimulates any city or town. Newark is putting that combo to good work throughout the downtown revitalization. But, nothing demonstrates that more then the West Church Street strip that is shared by Thirty One West concert venue, the Bootlegger bar, and Denison Art Space. The addition of Moe’s Original Bar B Que adds fuel to the rising downtown flame.
THE ART OF MAKING A RESTAURANT
Owners Nasie Gallagher, Kara Gallagher, and Greg Tracey have outdone themselves with this, their second Moe’s in the county. This space is equal parts art installation and barbecue roadhouse. The trio has become serious art patrons and it’s all on display here. A significant amount of money has been invested collaborating with local artists and crafts people to imagine, and realize, this space. It will no doubt become a downtown hot spot.
^ Jason Antol's hammered steel trees spread their branches across the ceiling.
21 West Church Street has been transformed into a Tim Burton otherworld forest, a subterranean Alice Through The Looking Glass fantasy. It is the combined vision and artistry of Jason Antol’s hammered metal and blown glass, Duane Winchester’s marriage of wood, metal, and stone, Wes Meyers’ molded concrete countertops, Lori Clarke’s painted murals, and the Gallagher’s own repurposed wood-sided bar. The furniture and fixtures are born of fire with the ever-present perfume of smoked meats a constant reminder and, the reason you are here. Barbecue.
^ One of several custom fixtures by Jason Antol featuring his metalwork and glass blowing skills.
Moe’s Original Bar B Que is a Southern soul food revival roadhouse and Licking County is happy to be home to two of the franchise’s 56 restaurants (Granville was #30). Southern mostly with respect to white barbecue sauce. Soul food with the inclusion of sides like cornbread, greens, banana pudding, mac n’cheese, and the occasional fried chicken. The Newark store seats around 100, has a full liquor license, and a children’s play area. We look forward to sitting under the stars in the partitioned outdoor patio planned for later this summer.
The Moe’s franchise is rooted in the fire-roasted craft of namesake Moses Day, a pit master from Tuscalossa, Alabama. Moe’s founders Ben Gilbert, Mike Fernandez, and Jeff Kennedy have kept things simple, real, and righteous from the beginning with their roadside start in Minturn, Colorado. Their management style focuses on the quality of their simple recipes and letting franchisees have a long leash to add their own personality and passion to each restaurant.
^ Soul food sides and Alabama styled barbecue featuring white sauce.
Everything is made from scratch. Meats are slow roasted daily with locally sourced apple and cherry hardwoods. Barbecue sauces are made in 20 gallon batches each week from Moe’s original recipes. Sides are made fresh in house. Local craft beer is featured and it’s always cold.
^ Gotta have the cornbread.
BRINGING IT HOME RIGHT ON CUE
^ “You gotta really like each other to do what we do.” Greg Tracey and Kara Gallagher.
Its ironic to consider the first date Greg Tracey and Kara Gallagher had was at Brew’s in Granville. The very location they would plant their first restaurant some twelve years later. They met long after high school, Green Wave and Bulldog respectively, and have been partners in everything ever since. “You gotta really like each other to do what we do,” says Gallagher referring to the 24/7 work and personal life relationship she shares with Tracey. It’s easy to see that the two have a special bond.
Gallagher and Tracey made a point to move back to the Newark area with the crazy idea of dumping careers and opening a restaurant. They were nuts. But they had a burning passion to get back home and a determination to make a difference once they got here.
Welcome home Kara and Greg. We're happy you’re smokin’ the good stuff.
Moe’s Original Bar B Que
21 West Church Street
^ Meats are slow roasted daily with locally sourced apple and cherry hardwoods in this Ole Hickory pit smoker fabricated in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.