It's the end of an era for a local restaurant that has been serving up soul food for the past five years after its owner contracts a rare, painful and deadly disorder. Tonight how his family is coping and
planning on saying farewell to the community. NBC5's Laura Cavanaugh reports.
Niikola Moore is packing up glasses, plates, even the hot sauce, all the essentials that helped the highly popular Roscoe's BBQ serve thousands who walked through their doors.
But tonight the doors of this once bustling blues venue are closed. The owner and presider of the grill, Will Moore, is gravely ill. He has a life-threatening autoimmune disorder. The 48 year-old Moore contracted the rare Stevens-Johnson Syndrome while being treated for pneumonia. His wife says doctors administered the antibiotic Levaquin. What resulted was a hypersensitive, toxic reaction that is reportedly incurable.
Moore's wife says for the last month she has been caring for her bed-ridden husband and trying to keep the restaurant afloat, but it just became too much. She is laser focused on caring for her husband, liquidating what they own to pay for mounting medical bills in the six-figure range. The Moores do not have health insurance.
The family is pulling together helping prepare for this weekend's yard sale at Roscoe's, selling everything from tables, chairs and bar supplies to blues memorabilia and neon lights.
But saying goodbye does not come without a few tears. And gratitude for the community's love and support.
That yard sale will be this Saturday, March 16 from 10am - 4pm at Roscoe's on 117 S Main in Phoenix. As an added treat, they will be serving Roscoe's famous pulled pork sandwiches.
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