By Lucie Amundsen
In one year, Oink Moo Cluck (OMC), an award-winning BBQ place, went from a wreck of a building to a bustling eatery. And this month, even the outside has been made more beautiful with a new lobby and upgrades to the patio area.
“We wanted to make the patio area magical, so we added pine trees with lights and a gas bon fire pit—changes the whole feel of the neighborhood at night,” said co-owner Louie Hanson. “And after meals on weekends, guests can walk out and make s’mores.”
Also new is a much-need lobby area. Now diners have a place should they need to wait. It also keeps the dining room much warmer.
“As they say, ‘winter was coming’ and we wanted to make it a better experience for everyone from guests to staff,” Hanson said.
The outside now sports local art of blacksmith Paul Webster who hand-forged iron into the outlines of a pig, cow and chicken.
It’s hard to imagine any of this happening a year ago when the property was a torn-up construction zone.
Tom Hanson, co-owner, said, “Recently, a neighbor saw me working outside and wanted to shake my hand. He loves seeing what happening down here. That feels great and we’re seeing more positive changes around here.”