573 Magazine Nov 2017 - Page 86

words b. noto pics t. smugala Business partners Joe Hobbs (JH) and Ronnie Maxwell (RM) are an unlikely duo. Joe is the hospitality guy with decades of experience. He grew up in Atlanta where he learned the restaurant business from his parents. He moved to Cape where he met his wife, Michelle. They moved to South Florida, then back to Jackson where they and their two kids now reside. Ronnie is a Jackson High School graduate who married his sweetheart, Jessica. He is a banker with no restaurant experience, but he has always been an eternal optimist and wanted to own a business. He and his wife have two children. Barrel 131 in Uptown Jackson was not intended to be the higher-end craft beer, wine, and spirits place that it is today.