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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.

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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