The story of redBERRY...
When our owners started thinking about opening redBERRY, they really knew just one thing for sure: our community was in need of something fresh! Not a chain restaurant, not a restaurant that had been done before… no, the community needed something very special, something uniquely Troy. As the idea started to take root, these founding principles became very clear.
First, redBERRY would be a restaurant that’s relaxed and comfortable. A place where grandpa and granddaughter could share stories after Sunday church… a place where tired moms could meet for Saturday morning mimosas and toast another week survived … and a place where business men and women could grab a tasty meal and just. get. to. Friday.
Second, redBERRY would serve the classics with all the taste and no fuss. There’d be breakfast populars like biscuits and gravy and French toast, and lunch favorites like BLTs and hearty soups. Oh, and throw in a few unexpected classics too… can you say avocado toast?!
Finally, redBERRY wouldn’t just serve the classics. It would serve the classics done better than any other restaurant in the area. You know, like you’d get at mom’s house, only we’ll spare you all the annoying questions about that ex-girlfriend that was perfect for you.
So what about the name?
If you’re a Troy, Ohio resident, it doesn’t take a huge leap of the imagination to figure out where the name redBERRY originated. For over 40 years, our great city has been known for its annual summer festival featuring every version of the red, plump, delicious strawberry that one can think of! Strawberry pie… strawberry donuts… strawberry shortcake… even strawberry tacos.
So it's really quite simple. We love fresh berries, and we love our city! Just seemed right. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a little redBERRY.
You won’t forget us. We promise.
Mykie Thompson has been working in and around the restaurant industry since she was a young girl. When she was just 9 years old, her parents opened their first restaurant, and it soon became Mykie’s home away from home. She bussed tables, washed dishes, and even made a few salads and pizzas - anything to keep herself entertained when she tagged along to the restaurant with her family.
As a teenager, Mykie began serving customers; a difficult endeavor at first, because she was by nature, very shy. It was this experience, though, that she credits for “breaking her out of her shell” and for helping her discover her passion for hospitality service. Mykie continued to hone her skills in various roles within the restaurant industry including bartending and managing. (Fun fact: She even created her own line of cocktail bitters!) Prior to redBERRY, Mykie managed Red Brick Tap and Grill in Columbus’s German Village, as well as The Half Barrel in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.
In 2019, Mykie was approached by the owners of redBERRY with an opportunity she could not refuse. This time, Mykie would be helping to build a new, independent breakfast, lunch and brunch restaurant from the ground up. From creating the menu to designing the look and feel of the restaurant, Mykie was able to put so much of herself and her experiences into creating a dining experience that she can’t wait to share with her patrons!
Mykie lives in Troy, Ohio, with her husband and spends a lot of her free time simply hanging out and cooking (of course!) with her mom, dad, and siblings. She also loves gaming, boxing, and archery and is not ashamed to admit to her guilty pleasures of Dungeons and Dragons and Renaissance Faire. Mykie invites you to stop in and say HI at redBERRY!