(Jackson, Wyo.) - You may know him for the late night pizza and beer or mid-week lunch that you grab at Pinky G's, but soon you will know him for his BBQ as well. Tom Fay, the current owner of Pinky G's
David Fogg just signed the lease on the old Ripley's Believe It or Not
space on North Cache St. where they will open a Moe's Original Bar B Que
restaurant this summer.
The ink may still be wet on the lease, but this endeavor is not a new one.
About four years ago, Fay got a call from his brother who lived in Vail. He
had been to a Moe's and felt that it was the BBQ version of Pinky G's -- a
fun, casual atmosphere with beer, cocktails and great food. Soon after, Fay
met with Moe's Founder Mike Fernandez and the plans for a Jackson Hole
restaurant were set into motion.
Fogg began working for Moe's in Birmingham, Alabama about five years ago
where he was a regular customer with a love for the southern food.
"I fell in love with the concept and wanted to see if it was a good fit for
a career," said Fogg.
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*h/t Moe's Original Bar B Que / Pitchengine Communities*
He moved to Vail and soon knew that he wanted to open a Moe's in a mountain
Once the two were connected, they began looking for restaurant space in
Jackson. They investigated many spots, including the building where Hatch
is now and the former Betty Rock Cafe space, but finally chose the location
on North Cache.
Currently, construction is being done to build a kitchen, a bar and a
second-level outdoor patio. The location will serve traditional southern
food -- meat and fixins -- ribs, pork, chicken turkey, brisket, lima beans,
collard greens, black-eyed peas, cornbread, fried okra, mac and cheese, and
Fay and Fogg hope to have Moe's open by July 1.
"Being on the Town Square, we want to utilize our location to create
another bar-type atmosphere," said Fay. "I think there is a huge market for
it [late night food] and a niche to fill still. The majority of local
restaurants close at 10 p.m. During the summer when it stays light past 9,
people are coming home from the parks and there is no where for them to
"Bars come and go, but if you are serving good food, I think that a place
will have a better chance at longevity," said Fogg.
Moe's Original Bar B Que is a business with 38 locations in Alabama,
California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Maine, North Carolina, Ohio, South
Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
*Feature Photo: (Left) **David Fogg** and (right) **Tom Fay**. Pitchengine