Celtic Crossing owners to open new East Memphis restaurant: What to expect at Bog & Barley

Bob Mehr
Memphis Commercial Appeal
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The owners of venerable Midtown Irish pub Celtic Crossing are set to open a new restaurant in East Memphis.

Celtic Crossing owners DJ and Jamie Naylor have announced plans to launch a new venture, Bog & Barley, in the Regalia Shopping Center at 6161 Poplar Ave. The 7,100-square-foot space is being targeted for a spring 2022 opening. 

In a statement announcing the opening of Bog & Barley, DJ Naylor noted Celtic Crossing’s clientele has continued to evolve over its 16 years in business. 

“Our customers live all over the city — from Downtown Memphis to the suburbs. Having a location like Bog & Barley between those two areas helps us more frequently reach customers living or working in East Memphis and beyond.”

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The patio at Celtic Crossing on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, in Memphis.

Naylor added that Bog & Barley will “offer guests elevated Irish fare, impressive whiskeys and cold Guinness.” The restaurant will be led by Chef Reny Alfonso. 

A native of Miami and a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, Alfonso has worked at La Palme d’Or, Chef Allen’s and Norman’s in South Florida, Le Bernardin in New York City, and El Vez, Frankford Hall, Alma de Cuba, Jose Garces’ JG Domestic and Fette Sau in Philadelphia.

“I’m looking forward to Memphians being able to savor the Bog & Barley twist on traditional Irish cuisine we have in the works,” Alfonso said. “It’s our vision to create an experience the city has never seen or tasted by immersing our guests with food, drink and ambiance. I’m ready for the creative journey that lies ahead as we finalize menus.”

In addition to leading Bog & Barley’s culinary efforts, Alfonso is overseeing a menu overhaul at Celtic Crossing, starting with the restaurant’s weekend brunch.  

“I’m looking forward to seeing how our customers here at Celtic react to the new menu changes,” DJ Naylor said, “and how the dishes at Bog & Barley are received next year."

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