Moe’s Original Bar B Que Coming Soon to Destin

Opening in mid-February, Moe’s Original Bar B Que will be located in the former Buck’s Smokehouse at 303 Harbor Blvd. in the heart of Destin. While the decor and beachy atmosphere will remain mostly the same as Buck’s, the menu will feature all of Moe’s Original award-winning classics including daily smoked meats, seafood fresh off the boat and made from scratch, down home sides and desserts. Opening daily for lunch and dinner at 11am, the fast casual restaurant also will offer large party takeout orders as well as full service catering for parties, fundraisers and events. Locals and vacationers will dine indoors in the 50 seat eatery or on the patio while enjoying beer, wine and occasional entertainment. 

“As I grew up spending time in Destin, I knew the Emerald Coast would be the ideal community to run my own restaurant and make our new home,” said Moe’s Original Bar B Que Founding Partner and local Owner/Operator Mike Fernandez. “For this location, I am partnering with Brett Mancuso, who already has a successful Moe’s in Atlanta, and Mike Buckingham, who is allowing us to transform his popular Buck’s Smokehouse. In the future, we plan to open more of our restaurants in the surrounding areas including 30A.”

Recognized with many awards, Moe’s Original Bar B Que has been named one of the Top 10 Rib Joints in the U.S. by Relish and Top 10 BBQ Chains in America by USA Today and The Daily Meal. Moe’s Original Bar B Que features pulled pork, ribs, wings, turkey and chicken smoked over hardwood served along with catfish and a shrimp sandwich. Additionally, a daily rotation of traditional sides and house-made desserts are prepared fresh from recipes passed down for generations. Since 2001, Moe’s Original Bar B Que has grown from a junkyard pit to over 65 successful restaurants in 16 states and Mexico.

For interviews, photos, a press kit, menus or a complimentary media tasting, contact Lorrie Dixson Griggs at For additional information about Moe’s Original Bar B Que, visit

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Moe’s Original Bar B Que Expands into Atlanta and Auburn

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New Atlanta & Auburn Locations Set to Open
Eskimo Advertising Announcement

Atlanta, GA- January 25, 2011 – Moe’s Original Bar B Que expands into its 17th and 18th locations in mid-February in downtown Auburn, Alabama at 125 East Magnolia Avenue and in early March in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia at 349 14th Street. Both of the new franchises will bring Moe’s award-winning Alabama-style BBQ offerings including Pulled Pork, Ribs, Wings, Chicken and Turkey in addition to Catfish, Mahi Mahi and a Shrimp Moe-Boy sandwich. Both designed with a rustic feel complete with staples of the South, the down home restaurants are comfortable and fun for students, families and professionals with indoor dining and patio seating. Additionally, there will be a lively nightlife scene with expansive, full premium bars, multiple high definition TVs and live music.

“Beyond the incredible food, there is a great sense of culture that goes along with the Moe’s Original Bar B Que brand and we found that appealing,” said Moe’s Atlanta co-owner Preston Smith. “With all of our Southern roots and love of football, our goal is to open a Moe’s in every SEC town,” said Moe’s Auburn owner John Moss.

In 1988, founding partner Mike Fernandez hooked up with Moses Day in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and began learning to fire roast meats. When Moe fired up his backyard barrel pit, everyone in T-Town knew where to go. Mike and his partners Ben Gilbert and Jeff Kennedy were lucky to learn from Moses and his distinct style makes up Moe’s original flavor of BBQ. Moe’s serves up an all things Southern Soul Food Revival with not only award-winning BBQ but down home sides and desserts made fresh daily from recipes passed down for generations. From a junkyard pit in Vail, Colorado to 18 locations in AL, CO, GA and NC, Moe’s Original BBQ has mastered the art of opening successful fast concept franchises by offering fresh, quality food in a cost-effective manner.

For more information, interviews, photos or menus, please contact Lorrie Dixson of Eskimo Advertising at or 404-441-3473. For more information about Moe’s Original Bar B Que, visit