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Former Sauced bar manager branching out on her own with new Haynie's Corner venture


always been called "Mo" - I only get called Moriah if I'm in trouble," explains former Sauced bar manager Moriah Rose - Mo Rose, that is. She's definitely not in trouble; in fact, the 28-year-old award-winning mixologist is on everybody's good side of late with the opening of her cool new downtown Evansville bar just around the corner. Appropriately named Mo's House, it's a dream come true for Rose whose family ran Big Daddy's in Henderson, KY for a couple of years during her late teens. The popular outdoor bar not only provided a summer job - bussing tables, checking IDs, slinging grub - but also planted the seed for business ownership. 10 years later, she's busy making last-minute renovations to the building that housed Haynie's Corner Pub for many years, transforming it into what she calls a "super laidback establishment with a cocktail bar vibe." Rose didn't always envision this path in life, though. After graduating from Henderson County High School, she studied photo journalism and textile design at Western Kentucky University with an eye on becoming a fashion photographer; still, she always seemed to gravitate back to the nightlife that drove the family business for a time. A move to Evansville in 2009 really upped the ante as Rose became a familiar face around town at some of the most popular bars and restaurants. Ri Ra Irish Pub, Hornet's Nest, Tin Man Brewing - she worked at them all over the years; however, her most recent - and most high profile - position was running the Blue Bar at Sauced Italian Restaurant located right across the street from what would become Mo's House. "I would look out the window and think

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that the Haynie's Corner Pub building was so awesome," Rose says. "I always joked with the owner that I was going to buy the place from him." And on December 5, 2016 - coincidentally, the 83rd anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, as she points out she did just that.

"We'll take all the weirdos - we're all a little quirky."

A little about the place: Mo's House will feature classic cocktails - Old Fashioneds, Martinis, Manhattans and other old school drinks that never go out of style. Beer-wise, they'll have all your craft and domestic favorites. According to Rose, the goal is to accommodate for all different tastes and different types of people. In other words, everyone is welcome. Which also means that there's no dress code. As Rose says, "We'll take all the weirdos - we're all a little quirky."

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Rose and her father are working feverishly on the decor as the clock ticks down to a planned early May grand opening. Maple floors are being sanded and the interior is getting a facelift. Truly, it's a labor of love, the culmination of years spent learning the business. Rest assured Rose understands just how blessed she is. "It's very cool to watch your dreams come true; I've been humbled by the support that I've gotten from everyone in the community."

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