Photos: Mosley’s Barbecue and Provisions set for opening weekend

Opening Weekend: July 17 – 19

Official date/time TBD (See website for latest updates)

As July’s unseasonably mild weather finally gives way to a proper heat wave, the owners of Iowa City’s newest eatery, Mosley’s Barbecue and Provisions (525 S. Gilbert St.), are working to put their own stamp on America’s most popular summer culinary pastime.

Mosley’s offers finger-licking Carolina-style cuisine, a roll of paper towels on the side, and a culture of community with family-style seating and craft cocktails served in pitchers. It is the brainchild of partners Sean Keller (chef), Cory Kent (Pullman) and veteran area restaurateur Matt Swift (Red’s Alehouse, Big Grove Brewery, 30 Hop, among others) and head service manager Jon Lock.

At a soft opening event held Sunday, July 12, they welcomed guests to check out the bar and barbecue concept they hope will revitalize the space that formerly housed Old Capitol Brew Works, and Fitzpatrick’s before that. Pending inspection, the restaurant hopes to open sometime during the weekend of July 17 – 19.

All photos by Ofer Sivan

Making a Statement


In a matter of months, the owners of Mosley’s transformed the former Old Capitol Brew Works into Iowa City’s newest bar and barbecue joint.

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Flavor


Mosley’s custom made 3800+ pound smoker brings nearly two tons of wood-fired, slow-cooked barbecue love to its chicken, ribs, pork and link options.

The Pit-Meister


Sean Keller’s family-and-friends approach to barbecuing is the heart and soul of Mosley’s concept.

From the Backyard to the Beer Garden


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This refurbished outdoor seating area gives Mosley’s a no-frills rustic feel that’s perfect for get-togethers.

You’ve Been Served


Mosley’s staff doles out serious Carolina-style barbecue lessons to patrons at the restaurant’s soft opening on July 12.

The Smoked Half Chicken: Made for Finger Lickin’


Save the utensils for Mosley’s housemade sides such as collard greens and slaw; this dish is classic barbecue “finger food”.

Creature Comforts


Though the barbecued items rule the roost, Mosley’s bar area also offers patrons plenty of traditional “sides” to quench their thirst for craft cocktails, beer and sports.

Come Together, Right Now

Mosley’s intimate, family-style indoor seating is set up for chowing down while making new friends.

Picture Perfect


A Mosley’s staffer smirks in satisfaction as Sean Keller captures a photo of his plan coming to fruition.


  1. I work with Anna and I can’t wait. I have heard all about it and I’m excited to see it and smell it for myself.

  2. I will be in the area from AZ this weekend and will be there to check it out if they open. Sean Keller is a chef extraordinaire!

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