Moab Garage owners Ryan and Erin Bird spent the winter traveling far and wide in search of the perfect doughnut and the perfect fried chicken.
“We were doing research and development eating our way through different cities,” said Ryan Bird with a big smile.
There was a method to their madness and Moabites and tourists alike will reap the tasty benefits of their efforts later this spring when they open Doughbird, a doughnut shop and Nashville-style hot chicken at 125 N. Main Street next to the Jailhouse Café, which formerly housed a frozen yogurt business.
The Birds opened Moab Garage two years ago, a restaurant/ice cream/coffee shop/pub. Ryan Bird grew up on the Wasatch Front. They sold their restaurant in Logan, along with 95 percent of their personal belongings, and “just traveled.”
He said he and Erin came through Moab “on a whim” and fell in love with the town and its scenery. “We had friends who said they would want to live in Moab,” he said. They were particularly attracted to the relatively small size of the city.
“We like the tourism here,” he said. “We know not everybody does and I get it. I do. It’s exploded over the last decade.”
Bird said his staff is friendly and welcoming to visitors and residents alike – and offers locals a discount.
While Moab Garage has an eclectic menu – where else can you buy ice cream and beer and biscuits and gravy at the same time? – Doughbird will be equally diverse in terms of sweet doughnuts and spicy hot fried Nashville-style chicken. Ryan Bird said the plan to expand its Moab presence began about 18 months ago.
“The goal has always been to do things that weren’t here,” he said. “There is lots of good food, but it’s mostly of the same type. We think it would be fun for the community to have options and Doughbird is a big part of that vision.”