For the past 74 years, Mo’s Seafood and Chowder has been serving clam chowder, fish ‘n’ chips, crab, tuna, shrimp, cod, halibut and salmon, among other locally caught and prepared dishes to Newport residents and visitors. The City of Newport would be hard-pressed to find a resident, visitor or celebrity who has not heard of Mo’s Seafood and Chowder, Mo Niemi or the McEntee family.
It isn’t just food that Mo’s serves. When asked the secret of Mo’s success, Cindy McEntee, granddaughter of Mohave Marie Niemi (Mo), simply stated, “We’re doing what Granny did; we keep the product local. We support local businesses, support our town in whatever way we can. It’s being part of the community, being a good neighbor.”
Mo’s is doing just that: being a good neighbor and supporting the community. Beginning January 15, and continuing on the third Wednesday of each month, Mo’s will be donating $1 of every fish ’n’ chip order to the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) Entertain the Future! Capital Campaign at the Newport Performing Arts Center (PAC).
The offer is good for the hours of 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Original Mo’s located at 622 SW Bay Blvd., and from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. at Mo’s Annex at 657 SW Bay Blvd., both in Newport.
Spearheaded by Gabrielle, Dylan, and Cindy, this effort continues the legend of giving back to the community and serving their neighbors.
Gabrielle has performed numerous times on stage at the PAC as a singer and dancer. She is probably best remembered for her role as Mona in the Red Octopus Theatre production of “Chicago,” and knows, first hand, how necessary the renovations and improvements are at the PAC.
“It is a well-used building that so many of us PAC RATs (Resident Artist Teams) call ‘home’,” remarked Gabrielle. “When we try to do simultaneous programs in the two PAC theatres: the larger Alice Silverman and the David Ogden Stiers smaller theatre, we run into each other in the back of the house and costumes just fly!”
Catherine Rickbone, OCCA Executive Director stated, “Community support for the PAC has been tremendous through the past 31 years. Performers clamor for space to perform and rehearse. Part of the driving force of this Capital Campaign is to enable OCCA to bring to the community a greater array of quality programming.”
“There is no doubt that the PAC needs to expand,” said Andrea Spirtos, OCCA Capital Campaign Consultant. “Those areas that do exist, like the Stiers Theatre, need to be retrofitted with energy-efficient lighting, sound, better acoustics. As everyone knows who has been in the Stiers Theatre, more comfortable seating is a definite must.”
Sit in or take out, Mo’s offer of $1 of every fish ‘n’ chip order benefitting the PAC Capital Campaign is an easy way for residents and visitors to donate and help Entertain the Future!, become The Future is NOW!