The block-long shoppette that runs along the east side of Jersey Street, between Ninth and Tenth avenues, seems like a great location for a restaurant. Located in the Mayfair neighborhood, it is close to lots of homes, offices and Mayfair Park.
But owner Alex Pappas has had a hard time keeping a tenant in the restaurant space on the Ninth Avenue side.
Some of the restaurants that have come and gone include, Carmine's Cucina, Pappa D's, Angie's and La Bola (many years ago).
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The latest eatery to go dark is the 9th Avenue Grill, which shut down a couple of months ago. It was run by Zach Jones, whose family owns the Spitfire Grill.
As a result, Pappas, who also owns Jersey Street Liquors in the same shopping center, decided to run the place himself. He will serve Mexican, Greek, Italian and American food and cater to neighbors and families. His family once owned the Mall Exchange, a bar and restaurant and people-watching spot at 1585 Larimer Street.
On Tuesday, Pappas and friends and family were trying out some of the dishes, including baked ziti, pizza, meatball subs and salad.
Jersey Street Grill could open as soon as October 5.