We both grew up in Gallatin County. We went on to continue our education at Western Kentucky University with Justin graduating with a degree in Hotel Restaurant Management and I, (Rena), a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. After graduation, we both joined Higher Education Dining Services in 1997, Justin as the Regional Executive Chef and I as a Marketing Program Manager. We traveled around the South for over 10 years working with Universities to train staff, develop brands and research food trends. During this time, Justin also continued his education in food. We absolutely enjoyed what we were doing but with two small kids and all the travel, things were a little hectic. We made the decision to leave the corporate world and come home to Gallatin County. As luck would have it, we had an opportunity to purchase our location. We opened in May, 2008 and picking our name was easy. We named it Jewell's after Justin's late grandmother, Jewell Pittman Murphy, who inspired his love of food.
Jewell's is a casual dining restaurant with a Kentucky regional flare. We feature a variety of family favorites with a twist on great finds during our travels. We admit to having a unique way of doing things - you'll find generous portions including hand cut steaks, meatloaf, orange bourbon salmon and customer favorites like shrimp and grits. Come see us, you won't be disappointed!
Our Story - Celebrating 15 Years