Gary Crunkleton’s first bartending job was over twenty years ago at an undergraduate bar in Chapel Hill, NC while being a student at the university. Gary cut his teeth at the busy bar as the co-eds wanted their drinks fast and often. A more civilized and sophisticated bartending opportunity followed as he developed the necessary personal skills of a true barman.
Realizing the significance of his achievements in bartending and service, Gary opened his own bar, The Crunkleton, in Chapel Hill, NC after more than a third of his life working on his craft. The Crunkleton has become one of the most acclaimed bars in the region by a few of the more popular magazines of the South. When not at the bar following his passion, Gary spends his time with his other loves – an adoring wife, Megan, and their three boys (all under ten years old), Montgomery, Hudson, and Beaufort.
Gary is currently opening a second location of The Crunkleton in Charlotte (which includes a full kitchen, dinner service) and a neighborhood bar by his house appropriately called The Neighborhood. Both are scheduled to open in Fall 2018. Gary is also one of the new owners of Chapel Hill’s iconic restaurant, Crook’s Corner. Click here to read more about the new ownership and transition at Crook’s Corner.