Deloach to open downtown eatery

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Matt Brown puts in shelves at the bar Thursday at Moe & D’s Restaurant & Grill.


Staff Writer

Monday, July 17, 2017

There’s going to be a time for all athletes when their careers must come to an end.

Professional basketball player Michael “Moe” Deloach, a Rocky Mount native, is preparing for life after his time on the hardwood is over as he and other family members have decided to go into the restaurant business together in downtown Rocky Mount.

Deloach said Moe & D’s Restaurant and Grill will be opening at the end of the month at the former Bel Air Artisans Center building at 123 S. Church St. 

Along with Deloach, the eatery venture will involve father Michael Deloach and uncle Steve Deloach all operating as partners and owners in Moe & D’s Restaurant and Grill.

“I know basketball is going to come to come an end one day,” Deloach said. “I want to put myself in position to come home and have something to do, which is one of the things I thought about. My family loves to cook and this is what we decided to do. Being that downtown area is coming up, we want to help in the development of it.”

Unlike downtown restaurants Prime Smokehouse and Washington Street Grille, which are more of the upscale variety, Moe & D’s Restaurant and Grill will be more of a place serving the traditional fast food choices of hamburgers, cheesburgers and wings, Deloach said. 

Steve Deloach said the 2,200-square-foot restaurant can seat 46 people and will be equipped with a bar area inside the restaurant, but the environment isn’t going to be like a nightclub. Moe Deloach said there will also be flat screen TV’s around the restaurant where people can come eat, drink and watch sports. 

Before coming to downtown, Moe Deloach and his family did open a small restaurant in Castalia that lasted a little over a year, but closed last December. He acknowledged the restaurant did OK, but being so far from Rocky Mount was an issue. Steve Deloach said one of the biggest things the family learned with that project is to form a partnership with the city of Rocky Mount.

“It’s been vital to work with the planning department, inspection department and doing everything right upfront, so we won’t run into any pit holes,” Steve Deloach said. “We spent a lot of time working with the inspection department to make sure from an overall design perspective we adhere to the codes. It has been great working with the city, especially with us being novices in this commericial endeavor.”

As a way to attract people to the soon-to-be-open restaurant, the restaurant’s special deal will include 50-cent wings on Wednesday only for people eating in the restaurant and discounts for city employees and people working downtown, Steve Deloach said.

“We want to truly be another option for people to come downtown, especially the workers down here to get a nice meal,” he said.

Deloach will soon go back overseas to get ready for another basketball season. The 2005 Northern Nash graduate, who again held his free basketball camp for local youth at the South Rocky Mount Community Center this summer, signed a two-year deal with Eurobasket Roma of the Italian Serie A2 league. Last season, Deloach averaged 18 points, six assists and five rebounds per game.

Once the restuarant opens, the hours of operation will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.