The Refinery's Greg Baker talks about Tampa's early punk scene, babysitting the Replacements and more
Greg Baker may be the owner and chef of some of Tampa Bay's most successful restaurants, including the Refinery and Fodder & Shine.
But he's also a giant music fan with deep links to both the local punk scene and the music scene out in Portland, Ore., where he studied at the Western Culinary Institute while working with bands like the Replacements.
"I was a musician for a long time and only gave it up when I opened the Refinery," he said in a recent interview. "It's a creative outlet. For a young cook, you're working on somebody else's vision. You get a slight degree of creativity, but it's not a full outlet. You're not calling the shots … It's the same brain muscles used in creating music as it is in creating food. So it makes perfect sense to me that the two would intertwine so much."