WHERE WE STARTED. The concept of Cork & Barrel Chop House and Spirits was born, gathered around a kitchen table. Jill Ragan along with her husband, Joel and father Robert Ridgway, sat around the table talking and laughing about everything from business ventures to adorable puppies. Jill brought up the idea of purchasing a liquor store and with that, she wanted it to feature wine, beer and spirits from every state in the U.S. After several weeks of looking for locations for the liquor store, it dawned on Jill that what she really wanted was a restaurant with an upscale bar, a place people could come, have a great meal, a drink or two after dinner and talk, laugh and enjoy themselves. The concept was easy, now the real work was about to begin. Jill knew she wanted farm to fork and the design concept needed to reflect the food concept. So it all started with 210 wine barrels and about as many design ideas. These wine barrels have become the main theme of the restaurant. Take a look around when you visit you never know where a barrel part may be lurking.