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Forthcoming Grays on Main adds key culinary staff

What was for more than 65 years a landmark pharmacy on downtown Franklin’s historic Main Street is now set to become Gray’s on Main, a new landmark culinary and entertainment destination.

Two key culinary staff members – executive chef Kenneth Jenkins and bartender Jon Yeager – came on board in march, bringing focus to the creation of a menu that celebrates what its owner describes as the best of the South in food and drink.

“Our menu will be eclectic but traditional, elevated Southern cuisine that melds classic flavors with a little bit of the unexpected,” said Michael Cole, owner. “The food and the drinks will be built on simple, fresh, seasonal ingredients, and presented in a way that encourages sharing and social interaction. Kenny and Jon are the perfect people to help us bring this vision to life.”

Chef Kenneth Jenkins started his culinary career while attending the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy while working as a line chef at the Copper Cellar and The Mill, a microbrewery and restaurant. After graduation, he moved to Colorado to pursue his dream of cooking professionally, attending Johnson & Wales University in Vail. While there, he worked under renowned Chef Bruce Yim at Sweet Basil.

Kenneth Jenkins  Gray’s on Main Executive Chef

Jenkins returned to Tennessee to become banquet chef at Richland Country Club in Nashville, where he continued to hone his craft under Chef Dean Pugel. He was soon promoted to executive sous chef, and brings 13 years of culinary expertise and modern techniques to the kitchen at Gray’s on Main.

Jon Yeager is the founder of PourTaste, a cocktail consulting company catering to high-end bars, restaurants and hotels interested in creating forward-thinking flavor profiles and learning more about the history of alcohol.

Jon Yeager, Head Bartender

One of the original bartenders at Holland House in Nashville, Yeager and his wife, Lindsay, focus full-time now on PourTaste. The couple has produced a recipe book, a television pilot and an app for Iphones called “PourTaste: Cocktail House Locator.”

Set in a circa 1876, three-story building, Gray’s on Main is in the final stages of construction, with a tentative opening date of late April. Above the expansive dining room, the second-floor bar and music hall will feature cocktails that celebrate the brandy culture of the late 19th century, along with live musical performances. The third floor will include a members-only club that overlooks the performance stage. For more information, visit


Posted on: 3/22/2013


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