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Just Jakes in Montclair: A Local Gem

by Lisa Batitto
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For more than two decades, this bar and restaurant has been a reliable fixture in the Montclair community. Just Jake’s, located at 30 Park Street in Montclair, is that rare neighborhood spot that has something for everyone — it is a place where both families and college students alike can have a fun time in a lively atmosphere. Read on for more about why we love Just Jakes in Montclair.

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The Family

Just Jake’s began as a family-run business and has since grown in popularity among locals, thanks to its weekly events, fundraisers, classic American dishes, and creative drinks. You can stop by during the six-hour Happy Hour that happens on weekdays, where the drinks are half-priced, enjoy the game on the big screens on a Sunday afternoon, or check out a new band on the weekends.

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Patty Sweeney is the manager and one of the founding owners of Just Jake’s. In fact, it is named after her nephew Jake. Despite its success, the restaurant still has a family feel. “The children of the original owners are now working there,” she said. “We all work well together.”

Events + Fun

Patty is responsible for booking the bands, organizing fundraisers, and coordinating private gatherings. One popular option is a two-hour, step-by-step paint class for all skill levels.

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“We have a back dining area where we host most of our private events, but we also have an outdoor patio that can be rented for parties, “ she said, noting that it was recently used for a wedding.

The Food

Whether you are at Just Jake’s for Happy Hour or a casual dinner, you’ll find a variety of options on the menu. Choose from selections like a hummus bowl with chicken or mushrooms, Korean BBQ ribs, and firehouse chili.  There is even a menu exclusively for NFL Sundays that includes a football burger made with “Pat LaFrieda” special blend, cheddar, pickled onion, bacon, BBQ sauce, and a fried egg. To keep with the neighborhood feel, the food incorporates products from local businesses, including Le French Dad Boulangerie and Guerriero Gelato.

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