Chef Vern Barker to Unveil Culinary Haven Inside Ghost River Brewery & Taproom

Grubjunkies will incorporate many of the brewery's signature beers into its recipes.
Chef Vern Barker to Unveil Culinary Haven Inside Ghost River Brewery & Taproom
Chef Vern Barker | Photo: Official

In the heart of Memphis’s renowned arts district, a new dining experience is set to debut. Led by seasoned chef Vern Barker, Grubjunkies will find its home at 827 S Main St, nestled inside the iconic Ghost River Brewery & Taproom. Currently undergoing renovations to include a giant soundstage for live music, a small banquet hall, and a full-service kitchen and bar, Ghost River Brewery sets the stage for a one-of-a-kind dining experience.

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Chef Barker’s collaboration with Ghost River’s owner, Bob Keskey, runs deep. Bound by their shared love for music, the duo has orchestrated a symphony of flavors at Grubjunkies, ensuring an array of elevated bar fare. From wood-fired pizzas to specialty sandwiches and a tempting selection of entrees, the menu is carefully crafted to satisfy every appetite.

What truly sets Grubjunkies apart, however, is its distinct use of Ghost River Brewing Co.’s signature beers. This infusion of craft beer into the recipes elevates the dining experience to delicious heights, creating a harmonious blend of flavors.

Chef Barker’s decades-long professional journey is nothing short of impressive, having earned him the prestigious title of Executive Chef at renowned establishments across Memphis. From Shelby Place Restaurant and Memphis Hyatt to Horseshoe Casino and Cheffies, his culinary prowess has left an indelible mark on the city. Holding the esteemed position of President at the National Ice Carving Association further adds to his illustrious, multi-faceted career.

Undeterred by the intricacies of city approvals, Chef Barker remains optimistic about Grubjunkies’ future at Ghost River Brewery & Taproom. The vision is clear: to seamlessly combine exquisite cuisine, craft beer, and live entertainment into one unforgettable experience for all.

Cat Broughton

Cat Broughton

Cat Broughton is a creative lifestyle writer with a passion for exploring the art of storytelling. She graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in English, where she honed her skills in crafting compelling narratives. When she's not putting pen to paper, you can usually find her perfecting her downward dog, eating vegan food, and sporting platform sandals, though usually not at the same time.
Cat Broughton

Cat Broughton

Cat Broughton is a creative lifestyle writer with a passion for exploring the art of storytelling. She graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in English, where she honed her skills in crafting compelling narratives. When she's not putting pen to paper, you can usually find her perfecting her downward dog, eating vegan food, and sporting platform sandals, though usually not at the same time.

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