LIMA ‚?? John Kriegel hopes that, when it comes to the property on Roshman Road, the third time really is a charm.
The restaurant spot began life in early 2007 as a Sedona Grill, a Tex-Mex steak restaurant that pulled up stakes less than a year after opening. A year later, it was a Carolina Grill barbecue restaurant. That one didn‚??t make a year either.
Standing in the middle of the large, bright dining room of what is now J‚??s restaurant, Kriegel ‚?? the titular ‚??J‚?? is a lifelong nickname ‚?? is optimistic that round three will take.
‚??I think it will work. It‚??s going great so far. It‚??s a laid-back, casual place with good food, games, 24 beers and plenty of TVs. So far, people seem to like it,‚?Ě Kriegel said.
Kriegel has the experience, and genes, to make that call. His father was the owner of the former Diamond Wine Distributors and a variety of other ventures. His mother is a Pangle, as in the still-famous local grocery family. His own experience includes success running the first J‚??s location in Celina, which he opened in 2009.
‚??In Celina, my typical customer is a 50-year-old couple with their kids. The family will eat, the kids might stick around and have a couple drinks, by the time they‚??re done they‚??ve spent four or five hours in the place. It‚??s that kind of place,‚?Ě Kriegel said.
Kriegel kept the restaurant‚??s wide-open layout and large glass walls in place. He updated the colors to a pub-friendly Kelly green and added a hodge-podge of decorations and signage to the walls. A long oak bar runs across the kitchen front, the focus of which is the pulls for those previously mentioned 24 draft beers. He has added a few games to keep the place lively, including pool and shuffleboard tables and a Golden Tee video golf game.
But it‚??s the food Kriegel said will keep people coming in. The menu includes the full array of pub fare, from burgers and bologna sandwiches to flat breads, pizza and eight types of subs. The appetizer list runs a full page, including traditional wings and nachos to not-so-traditional choices, such as Buffalo chicken egg rolls and fresh tomato pie. Prices range from $5.99 for a BLT to $11.99 for a hand-made fish and fries dinner.
‚??All the appetizers are made right here. We don‚??t buy anything premade,‚?Ě Kriegel said. ‚??We actually go to Columbus every week and buy in bulk. That way we can buy it, bring it back and do what we want with it.‚?Ě
J‚??s opens at 11 a.m. daily and has a full liquor license, meaning as long as people are there they can stay open until 2:30 a.m.¬†