Lyndon residents and other fans have something to get excited about. Joe’s Older Than Dirt is moving back to its original location at 8131 New LaGrange Rd. with the help of Olé Restaurant Group. Yes, even the iconic moose mascot is returning. Cres Bride, who also owns and manages R Place Pub, will run day-to-day operations while Olé Restaurant Group is developing an affordable menu, according to a press release.
“I couldn’t be more excited to bring back Joe’s,” said Cres Bride, who served as GM and co-owner of Joe’s from 2006 to 2010. “The roots and legacy of Joe’s in Lyndon run very deep. I pitched Olé on the idea not long ago, and things have come together quickly.”
Joe’s Older Than Dirt first opened in 1937, but the most previous ownership fell on hard times and shuttered in 2015. Red Barn Kitchen has operated at the location since July of 2016 and its last day of business will be Feb. 3, although the moose will be back in place February 1. Joe’s will reopen February 21.
“We are making a few renovations, including replicating the old bar in the front, so the layout will be very similar to how everyone remembers it,” said Bride. “We’ll have about 20 beers on tap, and it will be very affordable in the Joe’s tradition. We’ll have a great food menu at very reasonable prices, too. It’s bar fare done the Olé way. Chef Fernando Martinez and his team have some great dishes like Pork Rind Nachos, a Mac n’ Cheese Burger, and some killer smoked wings, to name a few. Expect trivia night on Mondays, karaoke Tuesdays, cornhole Wednesdays, a live band Thursday and DJs Fridays and Saturdays. Expect 15 TVs to catch games.”
Photograph of Joe’s Older Than Dirt patio, courtesy of Olé Restaurant Group.