Wes and previous partner Chad Evans bought the Rookery in September of 2009, and through a very hands-on approach to re-invigorating the Rookery, a Macon institution since 1976, they began to create a culture and atmosphere that has become the Moonhanger Group. The Moonhanger Group has an enthusiastic vision of Macon with great reverence to the diverse history of the city and especially the music, arts, and architecture.
While running the Rookery together, we began to notice how our personalities and visions affected our folks, that our people were our greatest asset, and that a lively downtown was an idea that excited a lot of people.
– Chad Evans, co-founder
The name Moonhanger Group became official shortly after the purchase of the Rookery, and the Group committed itself to a set of core values:
- Commitment to excellence
As Dovetail emerged in October 2012, the Moonhanger Group catering division began to grow. In 2013, the Moonhanger Group began managing The Capitol Theatre, and in 2014, H&H Soul Food joined the family. In 2016, the Moonhanger Group added their fourth restaurant, El Camino. In 2018, Hargray Communications became the title sponsor of the newly renamed Hargray Capitol Theatre. Additionally in 2018, Wes partnered with his brother, Travis Griffith to form Moonhanger North which owns and operates Natalia’s restaurant.