Originally the telegraph and pony express station, the construction of this building dates back to the early 1900s. in 1920 it became the Reese and Amster White garage and machine shop. Some of the brands sold here were Chrysler, Buick, Dodge and Ford. In the 40s it was then changed to a Shell service station servicing travelers on historic 89A from Phoenix to Flagstaff and Route 66, until the I-17 and I-40 came along. Sometime after this the Jerome volunteer fire department called this building home. Then in 1996 Eric and Michelle Jurisin owners of the "Haunted Hamburger" bought the building and opened a restaurant which is now known as Grapes Restaurant & Bar.
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It all began in the old mining town of Jerome, Arizona with the Haunted Hamburger. The Haunted Hamburger clings to the mountainside overlooking the beautiful Verde Valley with views all the way to the San Francisco Peaks. The Haunted Group, six distinctive restaurants and a boutique hotel, prides themselves in exceeding expectations with really memorable food, great mixologists, and a really cool Euro-style hotel experience.
Owners Eric and Michelle Jurisin have a passion for great food and personal service. They live in the Verde Valley and with this close proximity they are able to take a very hands-on approach to their businesses. Michelle is continuously creating new menu items, as she works closely with the kitchen crews at each of The Haunted Group restaurants. Michelle’s Wine Dinners at Grapes are favorites for the Sedona, Cottonwood, Verde Valley locals. Recipes that she develops for the Wine Dinners frequently make their way to the menus in The Haunted Group.
Exceptional food and terrific service are the guiding lights for The Haunted Group. You will be greeted by employees who have been on the scene for years, because they love the product just as much as the Jurisins do. When you stay with us at the Tavern Hotel, you will love the feel of luxury in your room and the authentic feel of Old Town Main Street’s tasting rooms, restaurants, funky shops, and really colorful locals. The Tavern Grille and Nic’s are right out your front door and Grapes and the Haunted Hamburger are right up the hill in Jerome.
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