The name Ginger Monkey came from Doug and Jackson who have been friends for many years and opened Ginger Monkey Tavern together in 2017. Doug had tabbed Jackson "Ginger" due to his red hair. Jackson had called Doug "Monkey" with his bushy beard and hence the name "Ginger Monkey."
While Doug is not involved with the restaurant any longer, he and Jackson continue to be good friends.
In March, 2020, Robert Irvine and the Food Network's Restaurant Impossible team spent three days at Ginger Monkey and renovated the restaurant and revamped the menu. The show aired June 11, 2020. If you saw the show, Jackson proposed to Monique who he has been friends with for 20 years and who has been a part of Ginger Monkey from the very beginning. Monique is a Partner and Director of Beverage for Ginger Monkey. Robert continues to be extremely supportive of Ginger Monkey and he and Jackson talk frequency.
After the restaurant renovation was completed, the bar and patio received a major facelift. Executive Chef Don Royer joined Ginger Monkey shortly after the changes. Chef Royer, who brings 20 years experience to Ginger Monkey, has overseen large-scale Airport Food and Beverage Operations, is a former Executive Chef at the Boujee boutique The Covenant at Paradise Valley and Master Ice Sculptor with Sonoran Ice.
With all the changes, Ginger Monkey Tavern rebranded as Ginger Monkey Gastropub aspiring to be Chandler's best polished casual restaurant featuring scratch-made food and drinks in an inviting atmosphere.
We hope to see you soon!
-Jackson & Monique