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'Jenni Juggs' Bringing Southern Comfort Food to Learwood Square

New restaurant expected to open mid-June.

Learwood Square will be soon be welcoming a new restaurant that will offer traditional southern comfort food with a few novelty items thrown in to keep it interesting.

Jenni Juggs, named after co-owner Jenni Sakal, is expected to open in mid-June. Renovations at the Learwood () Plaza store, which is a few storefronts south of the closed TrueValue Hardware store, are underway. Sakal will run the store with her father, Paul.

“We’re focusing on southern comfort food, including our own rotisserie, cast iron skillet fried chicken and southern steam pots with either dirty or white rice.” Jenni Sakal said.

Expect the menu to include southern staple sides including corn bread and a few surprises, such as fried alligator.

Between the two of them, the Sakals have about 50 years of restaurant experience between them. Currently, Jenni works at the Mayfield Sand Ridge Golf Club. Her duties there include functioning as a pastry chef, prep cook and working banquets.

“On Sundays we’ll hold a full-spread country club style brunch with southern comfort food,” she said. “It’ll be top-notch.”

Asked about the name, Jenni laughed and said it was a nickname she earned at another establishment for “obvious reasons.”

Paul Sakal has been busy since the beginning of April readying the store, including installation of rotisseries so the food is all prepared on site.

“We’ll seat about 70 when it’s done,” he said. “That will include booths.”

Sakal said he is also hoping to secure a liquor license to sell beer and wine.

The business is the second expected to open I the plaza in June. On June 14, a few storefronts down from Jenni Juggs.

Andrea S May 30, 2012 at 01:28 PM
I can't wait to give this place a try! It's less than a mile from my house so if it's good I'll be there all the time! Yay for something different. Let's just hope they have a marketing strategy in place and they can survive in a plaza that has otherwise not done well the last few years.
Jennifer Fenderbosch May 30, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Hope they serve Southern Sweet Tea and tiny bisquits. When those are around I can almost smell the magnolias in bloom.
N.P. May 30, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Horrible name and equally horrible concept. This will not last.Mark my word. The turnover rate in that strip is so high as it is. This will not change it. It is sad when the landlord will do just about anything to get a renter to fill his vacancies. Let's see how many people mistake it for a strip joint!
N.P. May 30, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Horrible name and equally horrible concept. This will not last.Mark my word. The turnover rate in that strip is so high as it is. This will not change it. It is sad when the landlord will do just about anything to get a renter to fill his vacancies. Getting some rent is better then no rent I guess! Let's see how many people mistake it for a strip joint! This will fail miserably.
Leslie Hebert May 31, 2012 at 03:26 PM
I am happy something is going in there. I too worry about the name, but will give it a go and see how the food and service measure up. Good luck Jenni!
Julie June 01, 2012 at 04:06 PM
The name of this restaurant is in very poor taste. Is this what we want represented in our family-friendly community?
Carol June 01, 2012 at 11:29 PM
I saw the sign for this place today and thought it was a lingerie store or possibly a bar.....didn't really think it could be a strip joint, but you never know! I just hope they are like a REAL southern restaurant and serve sweet tea.:) Good luck to Jenni and her dad!
Sally smith July 05, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Agreed - horrible name, needs a more appealing approach perhaps just "Jennis" a place for great eats. I hope it makes it. We really need something to jump start that plaza. Good luck Jenni, I hope you take some of the above suggestions.
Jennifer Sakal July 12, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Thank you to everyone who has given their feedback thus far. The one thing the article has fail to mention is that i recieved my name for my signature iced coffees that will also be featured on my menu. So to everyone who is not a fan of my name, thats fine. Its different, there are tons of places already named Jennifers or Jennys, so i wanted to go with something that folks could recall. We are a very family friendly place and i hope you will try us out before you form your opinion. Thank you very much. Jenni Sakal
Lori E. Switaj July 12, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Hi Jenni, thanks for the comment. Are you open? I'm looking forward to stopping in (as are others) to try something a little different in Avon Lake. And this is the perfect time for iced coffee.
Shaun mendish July 16, 2012 at 12:14 AM
I cannot wait until JENNI JUGGS is opened for business ! I know this family has been working hard on this resteraunt everyday and I have experienced the cooking from both jenni and her father... Definatly worth my time to spend an outting with the family enjoying their comfort food. Those of you who doubt this establishment maybe you should just give it a try... I can guarantee that you won't be disappointed and will attend this resteraunt for many years to come. . . You got this Jenni !
Becky July 26, 2012 at 02:31 AM
I read on the Avon/Avon Lake Patch page today that someone said the soft opening was today and grand opening is tomorrow. Looking forward to trying it. Jenni, do u have a Facebook page yet?
BWNash July 28, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Silly name but I don't care. I think it's funny but it could be a little offensive to some. You could emphasize that Juggs refers to actual jugs - that might help. Most people will probably just call it Jenni's anyway. My wife and I have southern roots and this sounds good to me. I just wish you had breakfast!
BWNash July 28, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Oh yeah - Do you have a web site or a menu posted somewhere online? Tx.
Mary Ann Papay August 03, 2012 at 05:54 PM
My niece and I definitely plan a field trip to Avon Lake from Brunswick and Medina. We were just lamenting that everything around in the area is pretty much a franchise with microwaved food! I will be looking forward to patronizing you!
linda August 04, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Dined there tonight, food was delicious! Will definitely go back. Good luck Jenni!
Ed August 04, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Had dinner their last night as welll, everything was WONDERFULi really liked the Sweet Tea & the cornbread, had the cast iron pot of chicken,fish,ham,lobster,shrimp it was to DIE for would definetly go back again very soon , Jenni's doing a great job running the place & Dads in the kitchen doing what he does best ! this place is great change this area needed with all the fast food places ,and processed food and to all of the "CRITICS" go see for yourself before you past judgement .and pull the "STICK" outta your A$$$$$$$$.......... This girl is rocking this place keep up the GOOD WORK ...Jenni & Paul best of LUCK ...see ya soon ! "FIVE STARS A+"
Lori E. Switaj August 04, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Thanks Ed, I've been hearing lots of good reviews about the restaurant. Good to see it's not another cookie-cutter type restaurant. Loved the mac (twists) and cheese and cornbread. Love the decor.
Bill Bishop August 09, 2012 at 03:38 PM
My wife and our two boys (12 & 13) went for brunch on Sunday. The food was great with it's southern flavors, but with tip, we paid $70 for a brunch buffet and I think that's a little steep. I know other things on the menu are reasonably priced, but unless the buffet price changes, I won't be back for it. Trust me though, it's a quite a challenge for us because we love big old breakfasts on the weekends and it was very good, but just too pricey. My kids had barely a plate of food. I over ate just to get my money's worth. Very charming place, however. Make me a deal on the Sunday brunch buffet and I'll be there every week! Looking forward to trying dinner there too!
Noone August 11, 2012 at 01:21 AM
One nice restaurant with a very unique menu. Loved loved loved the Potato Pancake Rueben ! The Cast Iron Plain Chops dinner was so yummy. I can't wait to try B.C.T sandwich a new twist on the B.L.T only with cheese and fried green tomatoes ! And I have been wanting to try Chicken and Waffles every since I watched Diners,Dive-Ins and Dives . Each time we have been there the place was packed and as for the name, Grow up and stop being so small minded. The Name is different but if you get your mind out of the gutter the food is wonderful and everyone working there are super friendly. This just might be what that strip needs with good unique food and great prices it's a " Winner winner, chicken dinner!"
Noone August 11, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Ouch! I was looking forward to the Sunday Brunch but as senior citizens we just don't eat like we did when we were younger and I know we wouldn't get our moneys worth either ....bummer. I miss a good old fashion southern breakfast.
HW September 16, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Do you have any menu items that are gluten free??
Deb September 27, 2012 at 09:11 AM
Tried this place last night...it was not southern cooking at all. My boyfriend ordered fried chicken and got 2 very very very small chicken breasts and a boneless chicken breast what is that about.....I had the smothered pork chop....sorry just got back from Mississippi and I don't think they smothered anything with a slice of cheese on top of potatoes and onions...they call it gravy and this was not....the greens had no flavor and were in water. Sorry won't go back.
Holly October 11, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Went that for a red hat party on Tuesday and it was FABULOUS!!!!! I have a gluten allergy and had the rubin without bread and the veggie of the day.....the rubin was the best I have ever had in my life! So much flavor, thick cut, not fatty....omg...I dream about it. First they bring you a cast iron skillet of corn bread (free) and from what I heard...it was very good....then they bring a huge bowl of "bottomless" salad for the table (free)...and it was fresh and yummy.....I payed just over $7 for my meal with a water. I didn't think that was a bad price at all! Will be taking the whole family there soon!!!! Thank you for a wonderful evening!!!!!
Tfacey January 28, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Gave this place a try Saturday night. Worst meal I have had in a restaurant in a long time. My meal consisted of severely overcooked (maybe days before??) brown tiny pieces of fried chicken with a dried out terribly salty boneless breast, greens that were so overcooked they were practially liquid, a fairly decent cole slaw and some not so fresh fried okra. My guest's meal was pulled pork that was so overcooked it had a mushy texture with WAY too much BBQ sauce. The table seated next to us also complained about the horrible fried chicken and greens. Sorry to say, we wont be back.
Noone January 28, 2013 at 07:00 PM
I'm sorry to say that I was very very disappointed when I had the Fried Chicken and Waffles . The waffle was fine but the fried chicken was nasty , I ended up tossing it in the trash bin. It was nothing like Fried Chicken and Waffles from down south. Sorry Jenni just have to be honest here.

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