Black Market Moto Saloon

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Black Market Moto Saloon
Genre Restaurant
Founded 2012
Founder Matteus Frankovich
Dissolved 2014
Headquarters Charlottesville

The Black Market Moto Saloon is a Charlottesville restaurant that opened in 2012. Later that year, owner Matteus Frankovich lost a campaign to be able to play live music in early October 2012. [1] Some residents of the Woolen Mills neighborhood had argued that live music was incompatible with their quality of life. City Council agreed and voted 4-1 to deny a special use permit to allow that use. [2]

Two months after the permit was denied, Frankovich began holding acoustic music events, which he argued was permissible by-right. The city zoning administrator argued it was only legal if the music were incidental to the operation of the business.[3]

The business later changed its name to Woolly Mammoth.

In February 2014, Frankovich put the space on the market, and in July 2014 it turned over to become Firefly.[4]

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Coordinates:Erioll world.svg.png 38°01′32″N 78°28′02″W / 38.02558°N 78.467156°W / 38.02558; -78.467156


  1. Web. City Council’s Moto Saloon vote overturns compromise, Graelyn Brashear, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, October 3, 2012, retrieved October 8, 2012. Print. October 3, 2012 .
  2. Web. Blackballed Moto: Did 'biker bar' hunches doom Saloon?, David McNair, The Hook, Better Publications LLC, October 9, 2012, retrieved October 9, 2012.
  3. Web. Matteus Frankovich reinstates live music at Moto Saloon, Graelyn Brashear, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, December 11, 2012, retrieved 2023-11-07.
  4. Web. Game on: Woolly Mammoth space changes hands, new owner battles illness and focuses on fun, Laura Ingles, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, August 7, 2014, retrieved 2023-11-07.

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