The Mason Jar Group is a collection of the city’s most authentic and unique hospitality experiences. No one is alike in our family, and we celebrate the differences we have. We encouraged our team to be themselves as they provide the best customer experience in all our venues. Just as our team is unique, so are the establishments they work in. Our culinary team believes in the freshest local and highest quality products available. They believe each and every plate served needs to be perfection.
Anthony Kearey is operating partner for Mason Jar Group. As the personality of the group, the first thing people notice and remember is his boisterous laugh. Kearey and his team created the organization in 2007 with the opening of Tilt on Trade. Tilt’s longevity has made it Uptown Charlotte’s second longest open bar which celebrated 10 years in 2017. He identified a gap in the market for casual fine dining in Uptown and conceptualized 204 North Kitchen and Cocktails. A farm to table style twist on modern American cuisine with a rustic feel in the heart of the Queen City. 204 North’s booming beginning stand as a testament to Kearey’s passion and vision for the Queen City. In 2016, 204 North officially opened its doors as the first three-story restaurant in Uptown. Within its first year 204 garnered such positive media attention and patron support that it was named Charlotte Magazine’s 2017 ’Best New Restaurant’. An accolade given to an elite few. With two successes, Kearey felt it was time to add to the group and diversify out out Uptown. Historic South End is Charlotte’s quickest growing vibrant neighborhood where in 2018, he opened The Union. After a fantastic inaugural year, Kearey and MJG continued their vision and in 2019 Kearey opened two new concepts, an Irish pub in the quaint city of Matthews just outside of Uptown called Grace O’Malleys and a party bar in Charlotte’s Art District, NoDa named Bargarita.
Kearey attributes Mason Jar Group’s growing success with the team of individuals behind the brand, powering it forward to new heights. With over 150 employees in the MJG network, he finds it crucial to focus on giving each customer the best experience possible through service.
Kearey oversees day-to-day and fiscal planning, organizational goal setting and overall operations of the five properties. Additionally, he manages the initial construction and development phases of new contracts through his family-owned company, Kearey Builders, which specializes in the development of commercial properties. He also focuses on city permitting and planning while assisting in concept development.
A native of South Africa, when he’s not spending his time conceptualizing new projects, Kearey enjoys spending time on the water, most specifically Lake Norman.
Kearey currently lives in Uptown Charlotte, N.C.
Rachel Lindsay is managing partner for Mason Jar Group. She brings a lifetime of experience to the table having her start in her family’s restaurant in Pittsburgh. She has a laser focus on the ins and outs of hospitality. She joined the organization in August 2007 and wears many hats beginning with previously held titles of director of operations and bar manager. In her ever growing role, Kamen oversees the overall operations and employee relations divisions, as well as back of house inventory control and crisis management. Additionally, she is responsible for human resources, payroll and accounting while also serving as lead creative design and build out manger for all five MJG properties. Rachel’s calm and commanding presence allows those around her to flourish. With her steady hand she has overseen the growth of the organization, moving from 15 employees in 2007 to nearly 200 by the end of 2020 across five properties.
Lindsay has managed and aided in projects related to the Democratic National Convention, the CIAA Basketball Tournament, NBA All-Star Weekend, Coca-Cola,Yelp, and, NASCAR while managing a diverse portfolio of clients. She was also the operations and creative design lead for the opening of 204 North Kitchen and Cocktails, Charlotte Magazine’s ‘Best New Restaurant of 2017’ and Elevate Lifestyle ‘Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant’ of 2017. As of 2021, Lindsay has conceptualized and designed six of MJG’s properties. Her attention to detail and a natural eye for interior design allows her to create unique dining and social settings where guests become immersed in the experience.
Prior to joining MJG, Lindsay spent multiple years at Bar Management Group, working in the organization’s Charlotte office. While at BMG, Lindsay was a bartender and was promoted to the role of marketing and events manager in which she planned and executed large-scale projects, lead promotional efforts and developed partner relationships.
Lindsay and her husband currently live in Fort Mill, S.C.