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, Chef
Vishwesh Bhatt a native of Gujarat, India and Oxford, MS has been a part of the City Grocery Restaurant Group for over a decade. He learned to cook in his mother’s kitchen and then as a part time cook in various restaurants while in college. After deciding to pursue cooking as a career Vishwesh attended Johnson and Wales in North Miami. After brief cooking stints in Miami, Denver, Boulder and Jackson. Vishwesh returned to Oxford in 2001 to learn from and work with John. He has served as the Group’s Catering chef, both Sous Chef and Chef de Cuisine at City Grocery before being asked to serve as chef at SNACKBAR, which opened in April of 2009.