Moe’s BBQ: Countdown to Cook (Kick) Off!

By on 28 June, 2017 in Food, Sandra Nickel with 2 Comments

Having an office right across the street from the much beloved (but now dark) Sinclair’s Restaurant has provided me a bird’s eye view of the development of its successor eatery, Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que. I’m delighted to report that it looks like the cookoff (that’s kickoff in football terms) “ain’t far off!”

Every chance that presents itself, I (and every other curious Cloverdale-ian who walks by) peek in the windows. What I originally saw of course really saddened me, because much of what made the atmosphere at Sinclair’s so distinctive had disappeared — some with former owners DJ and Bill Flippo — and a lot more with lucky folks who bought memorabilia after the store’s closing.

More and more now, what I’m seeing excites me. Moe’s will offer brand new décor much more in keeping with their Southern Soul Food Revival slogan. Corrugated aluminum graces the lower halves of the walls. In place of carpet there are polished concrete floors. It’s light and bright and inviting.

Directly opposite the twin front doors you see a huge wall-mounted menu touting the immense variety of Moe’s offerings. And in front of that stands an order-placing/checkout counter. That’s going to be needed as they are known widely for take-out.

As I write this, kitchen equipment is being carried out a hidden rear door and is shedding years of cooking residue under the cleaning power of a strong pressure-washing device. No interior furniture has shown up yet, but there are patio tables and chairs visible in the outdoor dining area.

My husband Jim is delighted that his favorite spot, the bar in the left rear corner, is right there where it should be! And publicity we’ve read leads us to believe the bar will be a lively spot, although not so that it disturbs the neighbors.

Last week, a crew came and planted new flowers where DJ used to grow her herbs. And just today a lovely floral pot has appeared next to the front door.

The owners spoke June 19 at the Old Cloverdale Association meeting and reported their desire to be open by the end of June. They’re committed to providing catering for Fourth of July parties. No giant barbecue pit will appear out back, they noted. Live music on occasion, but nothing disruptive.

“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,” promises the web site. We here along Fairview can hardly wait!

Sandra Nickel has been listing and selling residential real estate for over 30 years, most with an intense focus on Montgomery’s Midtown neighborhoods. Sandra serves on the Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless, the Cloverdale Business Coalition, Historic Southview, the Volunteer and Information Center, Landmarks Foundation and her own neighborhood Garden District Preservation Association.

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  1. Leigh says:

    Is this the same Moe’s that’s in Daphne/Fairhope?

  2. Leigh, their website shows a location in Foley, so I suspect so. And I have an exciting update: this morning furniture was being carried in!

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