Well folks, we have some good news and bad news to share with you all today… First the good news: Jake’s has finally reopened!!! The bad news: They reopened more than 1,600 miles away from us. But either way, we’re pretty darn happy for them!
So Jake’s was one of my favorite restaurants here on St. John. It was a great breakfast and lunch spot, which was located in the Lumberyard. Sadly, Hurricane Irma destroyed most of the complex. While the Jake’s portion was relatively unscathed, the entire complex was deemed a lost and the owners, Carl and Shaun Stevenson, were forced to close their doors for good.
But there’s a silver lining to ever sad story, right??! Well just 15 months later, the Stevensons have a new location. Jake’s is now located in North Stonington, Connecticut, which conveniently is only about 30 minutes from my parents’ house. (Like me, Carl also grew up in Connecticut, so the move made sense for them.)
I flew up to Connecticut for the holidays and visited Jake’s less than 24 hours after I arrived. It was so nice to see Carl and Shaun. Carl was even wearing his St. John Jake’s shirt much to my delight! The vibe was little different, mainly because it was quite chilly out, but it felt in a way like I was back in our pre-hurricane world. And that was lovely while it lasted.
The menu is pretty similar, although there aren’t any mimosas or Bloody Marys. There is a liquor store right beside the breakfast and lunch spot, so you could being your own I suppose. When I asked Shaun about the lack of our sometimes favorite morning drinks, she said that the Connecticut peeps don’t enjoy their morning cocktails as much as we island folks do … the horror! (Clearly I am kidding, but I do love a mimosa with my omelette every then and again.)
They were still in the midst of decorating, Shaun said, and she planned to hang some of the artwork saved from the St. John Jake’s. I was also happy to see that their logo is relatively the same. They simply switched out the palm trees for some oaks and evergreens.
If you happen to be in Connecticut or even Rhode Island (Jake’s is right on the border), do yourselves a favor and swing by and say hello. Let them know how much you love Jake’s and St. John as a whole. I can guarantee that will make them smile.
Jake’s is located at 220 Norwich-Westerly Road in North Stonington, Connecticut. They are open daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.