Drew Stevens, General Manager
Born and raised in Natchez, Mississippi, Drew’s earliest culinary experience was delivering his Grandfather’s pulled pork sandwiches in a Piggly Wiggly sack to friends, neighbors, and the occasional steamboat passenger. His Grandfather “loved to watch people eat…I remember him cooking a houseguest’s daughter fried egg after fried egg after fried egg…he called them ‘henfuit’ and hated to see her mother stop her after only four.”
After working at the Gin during his college years at Ole Miss, Drew traveled the Virgin Islands for a year, returning to Oxford in 2003 with the ambition of Law School ahead of him. Once back in Mississippi, Drew endured some time with a corporate restaurant nametag before bartending at John Currence’s newly opened Bouré, where he soon fell for the newly hired, overqualified server, Jill Miley. The two married three years later, much to the relief and new found legitimacy of their South-eastern dingo, Delta.
In the Spring of 2009 Drew left Bouré to open Snackbar, a pub-like eatery full of oysters, conversation, and mounted deerheads…all that and Big Bad Mama right next door.
Vishwesh Bhatt, Corporate Chef
Vishwesh Bhatt a native of Gujarat, India and Oxford, MS has been a part of the City Grocery Restaunt Group for sixteen years. From the start, Bhatt had his sights on working in the South He joined Chef John Currence on the line at City Grocery in Oxford, Mississippi in 2001 and he's stayed with the restaurant group ever since. Bhatt opened Snackbar in 2009 under the City Grocery umbrella, connecting Southern and subcontinental foodways on one menu. His work earned him a People's Best New Chef nomination form Food & Wine in 2011.
Snackbar has been recognized by local and national media as one of the finest restaurants in the South. The highlight of Vishwesh’s five years as Chef at Snackbar, has been the recognition by the James Beard Foundation, as a finalist for Best Chef South in 2014.
Vishwesh has most recently been named Corporate Chef of City Grocery Restaurant Group to oversee kitchens at City Grocery, Snackbar, Big Bad Breakfast, Main Event Catering, and Lamar Lounge. He resides in Oxford with is wife, Teresa and his two dogs, Pogo & Tula.