Jimmyjacks has been a part of the Bellmore community since it opened back on July 15, but the restaurant received its official welcome on Friday when the Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores and a handful of politicians showed their support for the local eatery with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
While the economy might still be struggling, Bedford Avenue businesses are certainly booming, as jmmyjacks is the third Bedford Avenue establishment to be honored with a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony in the last month.
A family-owned business to its core, jimmyjacks was co-founded by owners and brothers Dan and Dave Morris, who are also local guys themselves.
"I've lived here for almost 13 years and it's a great community," Dan said. "It's a great place to have a business and to have my kids grow up. We really want to be a part of the community. We have a lot of fundraisers and we really love it here."
From its owners to the cashiers, jimmyjacks is filled with the Morris' family members and Bellmore residents, which creates a welcoming ambience for any famished member of the community.
"We felt comfortable right away," Dave said. "We were surrounded by the community giving us the best of wishes. All the way through construction everyone was just really rooting for us, and now that we're open we've been welcomed by the local community and the local businesses and we feel really good about that."
Also on hand for the occasion were Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr., R-Merrick, Dave Denenberg, D-Merrick, Hempstead Town Councilwoman Angie Cullin, Assemblyman Dave McDonough, R, C, I-Merrick, and Town Clerk Mark Bonilla.
"The owner is also a local guy who also coaches our local C.Y.O. basketball team," said Bonilla, who is also a Bellmore resident. "… From the Town's perspective, we want everyone to succeed because any business that succeeds helps the Town. But I think from a personal level, to see someone who is a coach in our community and who gives to our community, it would be nice to see the community come out, support him and at the same time also help the Town and the county. I think it's great."
Since it's opening, jimmyjacks has quickly become a community favorite and, according to Dave, the restaurant is attracting a ton of repeat customers, as well as new customers.
"We're in the six-month period, which tends to be what they call the first 'death zone' of the restaurant in the restaurant business, and so far, so good," he said. "Our repeat customer is quite high and we're also getting a lot of new customers. So, so far, so good."
Dan happily agreed with his brother's assessment of the first six months.
"It's all been very good," Dan said. "We're very happy with the business and we're happy with the clientele. No problems at all, it's been great."