Three new businesses are opening Downtown.
Jake’s Steakhouse & Sports Bar opened Monday morning at 620 Edmond St. It was a very “low-key” first breakfast, said Dee Marriott, the owner.
The new restaurant will offer a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Jake’s occupies the entire first floor of the Ballinger Building, formerly Bourbon Street and Tamales. Marriott became co-owner of the building in January and also owns Boudreaux’s Louisiana Seafood & Steaks, 224 N. Fourth St.
As soon as the bar side is finished, Marriott said she plans on adding quick breakfast items as well as espresso drinks and smoothies.
“Grab-and-go breakfast things that (customers) can run in the east door and grab things,” she said.
The business owner said she hopes to take advantage of current patrons as well as the expected influx of customers once Mosaic Life Care moves some of its staff Downtown.
“We’re figuring that we’re right across from their parking lot,” Marriott said.
Jake’s has an inviting atmosphere with comfort food.
“It’s basically full of vintage antiques from St. Joe companies like Goetz Brewery and other things that have gone by the wayside,” Marriott said.
The other half of the space, the bar side, will have more of a sports-themed look. And Marriott said she hopes to have the patio area open soon.
“Our menu is pretty down-to-earth American,” she said.
Jake’s has steaks, tenderloins, burgers, wraps, pork chops and prime rib among other things. Marriott said she plans to keep the menu simple at first with three lunch and dinner specials weekly.
Jake’s is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 816-364-3922.
A few blocks away, a well-known heart surgeon will be cooking his own comfort foods.
Dr. Francisco Lammoglia is opening 1785 Restaurant at 513 Francis St., on Friday, March 17. The new eatery will be a combination of his Italian and Cuban roots.
Lammoglia said his parents taught him how to cook, but he embellished on those skills by taking culinary classes.
“When the situation presented itself, when I left Mosaic, I thought this is the right time to do it,” he said of opening his own restaurant.
Lammoglia works as a surgeon in Kansas City, and the restaurant, he said, is a hobby.
“The recipes that we cook are pretty standard except they are the way I learned,” he said.
His father is Italian and moved to Cuba at a young age. So Lammoglia’s grandparents would cook traditional Italian dishes with the Cuban food.
“So a lot of the ways we make food are a little bit different,” he said. “It’s not cookbook Cuban, or Italian for that matter. It’s hardy. And it’s not the healthiest.”
Because it takes time to train a cook, Lammoglia said he will be doing the cooking. And there will be a speakeasy bar located in the restaurant’s basement called El Puerco Ciego.
1785 Restaurant will be open 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 816-273-6108.
Another Downtown business, Diamond Dog, Salon is opening Wednesday, March 15 at 124 N. Eighth St.
Kelsey Pinson said she’s been grooming for about a decade but never owned her own space. She fell in love with the building and the growth of Downtown.
“I’ve always wanted my own little space,” she said.
The salon will be by appointment, but Pinson said she will try to make herself as available as possible for walk-ins. The Diamond Dog Salon will offer a variety of services, including everything from basic bath, brush out and nail trims to ultra moisturizing treatments and medicated baths.
Pinson said that she can do just about any haircut you can think of. She also brushes dogs’ teeth and can provide hot-oil treatments for long-haired dogs and coconut-oil treatment for smooth-coated dogs.
“It sounds fancy, but it’s pretty practical for (the dogs),” she said.
The salon will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For more information, call 816-341-3396.