Jack's Southern Comfort Food is Leaving Lower Greenville for Greener Pastures (with More Parking)

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Scott Jones of Jack's Southern Comfort Food
It was just last fall that we met Scott Jones of Jack's Southern Comfort Food on Lower Greenville. After a decade-plus in the Dallas restaurant scene, Jones put his soul into opening this restaurant, pulling from dishes that he grew up with and adding to it his vast experience in the industry. The result was a cozy spot that felt like a restaurant on a Main Street in a small town, serving up plates of from-scratch big biscuits and fried green tomatoes.

When news broke that Jones was closing shop not because business was bad, but primarily due to a lack of customer parking, it was a bit of a surprise. Then he filed suit over it -- and won.

"The parking at Jack's was misrepresented and as result of this, I was able to terminate my lease and have a three-month exit timeline at a greatly reduced rent," he says.

Closing shop after less than a year of business is no doubt painful. The restaurant was getting established in the area; moving is a risk.

"We had an enormously positive experience opening Jack's," Jones says. "I loved the neighborhood, the clientele and the loving embrace we received for the food that I so passionately created and served."

For Jones, the decision to move didn't come easily.

"It was by far the hardest thing I've had to do, but I have always believed that all things happens for a reason and that the next incarnation of Jack's will be amazing and these hard times will be worth it."

At the end of the day, if customer parking is limited, then it's impossible to grow business, he says. So moving was a necessity, and Jack's last day of business was Sunday. Currently he's is negotiating several different deals, including in Casa Linda and another spot on Greenville. Jones plans to open a new spot by January of 2014. Until then, he's still running his catering business through a commercial kitchen.

When asked what he's been able to take from this experience, Jones says he isn't sure: "I don't know, especially since I did the due diligence necessary to avoid the pit falls that came my way, but as I said, there is a lesson to be learned, it just hasn't revealed itself yet."

Stay tuned for Jack's Southern Comfort Food part two. We suspect there will be ample parking.

Location Info

Jack's Southern Comfort Food - CLOSED

1905 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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bearcamp
bearcamp

Thought I would try the new JO24 Café, which took over JACK'S spot only days after he moved. I had a reasonably priced breakfast which easily could have fed three lumberjacks! Its run by the same lady who tried to open an Asian fusion café next to JACK's, but was also hampered by the lack of parking. Now, she's having to shell out BIG bucks for a parking lot all the way down on Summit St.

She's also employing former JACK'S chefs until they can relocate to their new spot. This lady deserves a hand, and really wants to help the neighborhood. The menu has pretty extensive breakfast items, as well as dinner specials and burgers. Go have a huge breakfast before standing in line at TRADER JOE'S this weekend. She's open seven days a week.

20YearLGResident
20YearLGResident

Mr. Jones, I completely support your decision on filing suit on World Wide Foods. Hicham & Yousef are the worst landlords in that area. They sold the parking lot adjacent to 1905 without ever thinking about the future, idiots!! I am glad you have set a precedent for future potential tenants. I had the misfortune of dealing with these scumbags. They have absolutely no parking on the entire street. I am curious to see if I can file suit on them as well since they have not had any parking for that location since they sold the parking lot in 2004 to the Andres Brothers.

I wish I could have warned you sooner. Best of luck!!!

Lowestgreenviller
Lowestgreenviller

Most of the issues on Greenville can be laid directly on the doorsteps of the landlords. Jack's is not the only restaurant to move because of parking promises. Remember Fish City Grill on Henderson? They were promised parking also. They were then forced into valet on weekends which upset their clientele so the owner shut it down & another neighborhood will get what we lost. Lots of other businesses would like to move down here but they don't want to deal with the problems. We've got chained parking lots all over the area. The landlords claim they want to improve the area but jack the rents so that only bars can afford them. As long as the landlords continue with their same old policies we'll be stuck with the same old problems.

joeat
joeat

So, Scott, what happens to Chef Terance while you are trying to figure all of this out?

lisareneemerito
lisareneemerito

I hate what Greenville avenue has become.  shame on you Avi and Angela.  Shame on you. 

GreenvilleResident
GreenvilleResident

What does $1.3MM buy you? New lower Greenville sidewalks, a Special Use Permit to block whoever doesn't play nice with the City Council, and the same old same old policies in the area.

Just wait until Butcher opens up as a 2am "bar & grill" and the rest follow. 

becoolerifyoudid
becoolerifyoudid

Glad to hear he was able to get out of the lease with that parking issue.  It was always odd that you couldn't park in the empty parking lot right next door to Jack's because Nora's had it chained (even though Nora is closed during the day).

rosalindlynam
rosalindlynam

@bearcamp @becoolerifyoudidWe at Nora Restaurant and Bar did not chain the parking lot next to Jack's. We do not own it and it is not under our control. When Jack's Southern Comfort opened, we were nothing but supportive to them by encouraging our customers to try them out and lending them our patio tables and chairs before they bought their own. It's unfortunate that an inebriated Scott Jones tried to engage in a confrontation with us last Tuesday after they had closed. None of their parking issues had to do with Nora and they certainly didn't have to do with any "greed". We continue to wish the best for Jack's Southern Comfort and hope they find a new spot soon. http://www.patronmag-digital.com/patronmag/winter_2012?pg=90#pg90

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