JJs returns to the Plaza

jjsJJs Restaurant reopened Wednesday, as Mayor Sly James cut the ribbon and led people in.

It came back in the Plaza Vista Building, almost within sight of the charred remains of the original JJs destroyed by a gas explosion and fire in February 2013.

jjs-2The same menu was available as it had on its last day of business, and a plaque honored server Megan Cramer, who died in the fire.

James stood outside the new glass door Wednesday, spoke briefly and cut a ribbon.

He had been a regular at the old JJs, he said.

“It was kind of like my Cheers,” he said. “I walked in and everyone said Sly.”

He praised restaurant operator Jimmy Frantze and said, “I know Megan would be proud of what you are doing.”

He also said customers would include those like him who frequented the old JJs.

“It’s not just the food and wine,” James said, “it’s the relationships.”

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