Although raised in the same Mississippi hometown, owners Ty Thames and Brian Kelley didn’t meet until randomly assigned to the same dorm as college roommates. The dream of one day opening a restaurant together was often mentioned in that tiny, cramped room. Several years later, a summer trip was planned to work in a Vermont restaurant and tour New England. Unplanned, Ty made the 2 month Vermont trip into a 2 year stay that included attending and graduating from, with distinction, the prestigious New England Culinary Institute, while Brian headed home to attend the University of Mississippi Law School. After graduation, Brian started a law practice in Starkville when the perfect spot came available for a restaurant.



Ty, who was then working at a fine dining restaurant in Washington D.C. answered the call and soon enough, Bin 612 was born and the dream was a reality. The rest, as they say, is history…

Ty and Brian now operate 4 restaurants in Starkville including Bin 612, Restaurant Tyler, Zorba’s Greek Tavern and Rock Bottom Bar & Grill. Ty’s talents have been featured in such publications as Southern Living Magazine, ESPN’s Taste of the Town, Y’all Magazine, Starkville Daily News, Starkville Dispatch and Tupelo Daily Journal. The next time you are in Starkville, please come say hello and remember to Eat Local!





EatLocalStarkville.com | 100 E Main St. | 662-324-1014 | Starkville, MS 39759
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