Word of Mouth

The Falcon is grounded, while Moe's takes off

Even Han Solo couldn't make this concept fly.

Turns out there just aren't that many Star Wars geeks out there -- at least, not enough to fill a bar/bowling alley/live-music venue named after Han Solo's spaceship. So the Falcon is going into dry-dock, and the spot at 3295 South Broadway is becoming Moe’s Original BBQ, taking its name -- and barbecue menu -- from a small, popular chain that started in Tuscaloosa and relocated to Vail in 2000.

But the emphasis will still be on live music, with Geeks Who Drink now adding a Tuesday trivia night to the mix.

Steve Schalk, owner of the nearby Gothic Theatre, bought the former Sport Bowl Lanes & Billiards in August 2007, then transformed it into a combo restaurant/250-person live music venue, keeping the bowling alley and winning our Best New Venue award this March. The Falcon concept lasted less than a year, but he assures us that Moe's will knock over everyone's pins. And as a bonus, he'll be able to add lunch to the spot's offerings. Look for the transformation to be complete next week.

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