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The essence of who we are

Kowbird is a family owned chicken joint with a community-minded ethos and exceptional attention to flavor and detail.


Inspired by family, legacy, and tradition, Chef Matt Horn has created soul food that acknowledges culture and comfort.


“Chicken is soul, chicken is love,”.


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by AH2 Hospitality

The future of hospitality is diverse, inclusive, and bold. It reimagines food, service, and the overlooked cultural foodways of the past. It redefines singular guest experiences, with gratitude and people as its leading driver. It is the bold new direction in which Founder and CEO Matt Horn has birthed with his first concept Horn Barbecue in 2016. 


Founder & Chef

Since opening his first restaurant in October 2020, Horn Barbecue, amid a global pandemic that nearly gutted the restaurant industry, Chef Matt Horn managed to consistently deliver a level of excellence that has catapulted him to the forefront of the barbecue movement. Guests wait in lines that wrap Oakland city blocks to dig into Horn’s mouthwatering smoked meats and decadent sides.


Media and critics have celebrated Chef Horn’s West Coast style barbecue, awarding Horn Barbecue a Michelin Bib Gourmand (2021) and honoring Chef Horn as a Food & Wine Best New Chef (2021), SF Chronicle Rising Star Chef (2019), Haute Living Chef To Watch (2021) and a cover feature in the NY Times as a chef paving the way for BBQ on the West Coast (2021). Chef Horn is a YETI Chef Ambassador and Chef Partner for MadeIn Cookware.

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