Accommodating everyone who walks into the front doors of J’s Pub and Grill in Reedsburg is something really important for Owner and Executive Chef Jayson Pettit.
Pettit described everything J’s Pub and Grill from its atmosphere to its menu as something that fits anyone who walks into the restaurant, from the working class farmer to a business person coming in from the office for lunch.
“We’re that go to place for whatever you are looking for whether it is a burger at lunch or fish fry,” Pettit said. “They can get a wrap at lunch, fresh seafood at dinner, whatever they are in the mood for we can take care of all of that.”
Because of its “covering its bases” motto, Pettit said the restaurant really doesn’t have a signature dish. However, if he had to choose, it would be an appetizer called the Ahi Tuna. The fresh tuna is seared rare, coated with black and white sesame seeds and served with a side of cucumber wasabi sauce and a homemade Chinese pesto sauce with ingredients like fresh ginger and soy.
“We’re certainly not an Asian restaurant by any means but I would say that is the best thing we serve just flavor wise,” Pettit said.
Manager Caz Kowalski, has worked at J’s Pub and Grill for four years and said the Ahi Tuna is his favorite appetizer on the menu at J’s Pub and Grill. He said everything at J’s Pub and Grill is amazing from the pasta dishes to the prime rib.
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“I wish he sold it every night,” Kowalski said of the prime rib.
Pettit said what he likes about owning his own restaurant is the freedom to create his own menu which involves serving quality food like burgers made from Hereford beef and fresh salmon as well as a Friday night fish fry and a prime rib night every Saturday. Besides the food, the restaurant has eight beers on tap and 20 different liquors from Wisconsin. The restaurant also obtains their food from several local farms.
Pettit grew up in Port Bryon, Illinois and started working as a chef at a local restaurant in the Quad City area. After graduating with a culinary arts degree from Black Hawk College in Moline, Illinois he cooked at country clubs and hotels. Family brought him to Wisconsin 17 years ago where he currently resides in Lake Delton. He was an Executive Chef and General Manager at Damon’s and Food and Beverage Director at Trappers Turn at Kalahari Resort and a Food and Beverage Director at Christmas Mountain in the Wisconsin Dells.
When Pettit was presented with the opportunity to open his own business at a building located at 280 Viking Drive, he jumped at the chance. J’s Pub and Grill will be celebrating its five year anniversary this May.
Pettit said community involvement is important to the restaurant. He said the restaurant will host fundraisers and donate to “anyone in need.” He said the restaurant recently prepared and served a four course meal for residents at Reedsburg Area Senior Life Center for Valentine’s Day. Kowalski said he likes the atmosphere at J’s Pub and Grill, something he called “homey” and “relaxing.”
“When people walk through the door it’s almost like coming to your house,” Kowalski said. “It’s a great place to come after work, have a drink (and) relax.”