Timeline

Lots of things have happened since Mo opened her first restaurant in 1946.  Here are some of highlights of our 71 years in business.

Look below for a timeline of Mo's events starting with Mo's opening its doors, and continuing today with new restaurants opening...

1946

Mo opens “Freddie and Mo’s”

1946
Mo opens “Freddie and Mo’s”

In 1946 Mo and her friend Freddie start their first business “Freddie & Mo’s” on the waterfront.

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1965

Mo’s gets a garage door!

1965
Mo’s gets a garage door!

Early one morning a woman returned to her car parked outside the restaurant, put it in drive instead of reverse and crashed through the front of the café. Mo, far from disgruntled, put her arm comfortingly around the woman and said, “Well, we’ll just put in a garage door so you can drive in anytime you want.”

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1968

Robert Kennedy loved Mo’s

1968
Robert Kennedy loved Mo’s

Senator Robert Kennedy, who came through Newport on his presidential campaign tour in May of 1968, liked Mo’s chowder so much that he took a couple extra quarts with him on the air plane. He even invited Mo to join them on the trip to Los Angeles.

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1968

Mo’s Annex

1968
Mo’s Annex

22 years after Mo started her first cafe, she was able to expand her business concept across the street in a beautiful riverfront building and called it “Mo’s Annex”

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1970

Mo does movies.

1970
Mo does movies.

Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Henry Fonda, Lee Remmick and the entire cast and crew of “Sometimes a Great Notion,” the movie made from author Ken Kesey’s novel, became friends of Mo’s while filming in Newport. Mo, herself, was in a scene which took place in the Bay Haven Inn, renamed “The Snag” in the film.

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1972

Mo Opens Mo’s West

1972
Mo Opens Mo’s West

Mo and her business partner Alberta found a quaint little spot in Otter Rock to open up the third Mo’s location and called it Mo’s West.

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1973

Mo’s Expands North Into Taft

1973
Mo’s Expands North Into Taft

Located in the Taft area of Lincoln City, right on the mouth of the Siletz River, Mo’s Taft was born.

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1978

Mo’s Expands South Into Florence

1978
Mo’s Expands South Into Florence

Early in 1978, we opened our 5th location on pilings in the Siuslaw River.

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1982

Mo’s Taft was remodeled to add additional seating and a larger kitchen.

1982
Mo’s Taft was remodeled to add additional seating and a larger kitchen.
1983

Mo’s Burned Down

1983
Mo’s Burned Down

Christmas Eve was a sad day for Mo’s in Florence.  We had an electrical fire that completely destroyed the building.

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1984

Mo’s Florence Back in Business

1984
Mo’s Florence Back in Business

The remodel took no time at all.  Our contractors took the plans from our Lincoln City remodel and built a smaller version of it on pilings in Florence.

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1991

Mo’s Cannon Beach

1991
Mo’s Cannon Beach

In April of 1991, the 6th Mo’s Restaurant opened in Cannon Beach. Located right on the beach in Tolovana Park with a beautiful view of haystack rock.

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1999

Rock floods Mo’s Cannon Beach

1999
Rock floods Mo’s Cannon Beach

Occasionally, living on the beach brings unwanted surprises. In the winter of 1999, a wave hit the west side of the building in Cannon Beach. This lovely rock shattered through a window and flooded the restaurant.

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2009

The Original Mo’s Expands

2009
The Original Mo’s Expands

In 2009 Mo’s purchases the the property west of the Original Mo’s and doubles capacity from it’s original 50 seat dining room to 100 seats as well as expanding the kitchen and wait staff areas to accommodate the increased customer capacity.

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2012

Mo’s Cannon Beach Gets More Than A Little Makeover

2012
Mo’s Cannon Beach Gets More Than A Little Makeover

Fighting constant building repairs, we decided it was time to take our beloved Mo’s Cannon Beach down to the studs and build it back bigger and better than ever.

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2014

Mo’s Lincoln City Remodel

2014
Mo’s Lincoln City Remodel

In February Mo’s Lincoln City closed its doors for a week for a complete remodel inside and out!

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2015

Mo’s PDX

2015
Mo’s PDX

On January 3rd, 2015 Mo’s first quick service location opens in Concourse C of the Portland International Airport. It is the only Mo’s location where you can get breakfast or a bowl of chowder at 5 in the morning.

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2017

Mo’s is on the Move!

2017
Mo’s is on the Move!

Mo’s goes mobile! We were able to hit the road as of February 2017! We now serve chowder, fish and chips, and more in our iconic Mo’s food ruck.

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2017

Mo’s Astoria

2017
Mo’s Astoria

Sitting on the pilings of the Columbia River, Mo’s Astoria opened for business June 22nd, 2017. Having outgrown the location in Newport, Mo’s Astoria becomes the new home of Mo’s clam chowder production facility that makes fresh chowder base for our restaurants.

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