Little Jack's Tavern will officially open this Saturday

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The photo of Frank Sinatra is installed and the checkered tablecloths have been pressed — all that's needed now is for the lights to be dimmed and the door to be unlocked Saturday night at King Street's Little Jack's Tavern. 

Owners Tim Mink and Brooks Reitz say they're ready to open their new restaurant — their second take on 710 King St. The partners first concept, Saint Alban, was a charming cafe that could have easily been a still image from the movie Amelie — all delicate and dainty, from the female nude above the fireplace to the floral China plates on the tables. Even the playlist leaned heavily femme fatale with plenty of Edith Piaf in the mix. Little Jack's, on the other hand, is a strong masculine departure. Like a restaurant in Boston's North End, it looks like the kind of place Don Draper would settle in for a liquid lunch.

However, we strongly encourage locals to skip the Mad Men approach and actually try the food. Chef John Amato has crafted a menu that's equal parts fresh vegetables and hearty plates, designed, it would appear, to sate all levels of hunger — no tiny toasts here. 

We got an early look at two such dishes, Little Jack's grilled vegetable salad and the shrimp burger.
Chef Jon Amato says the grilled vegetable salad began as a carrot dish - JONATHAN BONCEK
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  • Chef Jon Amato says the grilled vegetable salad began as a carrot dish

The vegetable salad includes zucchini, squash, red peppers, carrots, onions, and potatoes with a spiced yogurt topped with sunflowers.
The shrimp burger - JONATHAN BONCEK
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  • The shrimp burger
The shrimp burger, filled with Beaufort-caught shrimp, is a heaping tower that can be ordered with a side of chickpea and carrot slaw, fries, greens, or whipped potatoes. 

The lunch menu includes other sandwiches like a pastrami melt, omelette sandwich, schnitzel, and Jack's burger. 
The Chairman of the Board looks out over a two-top - JONATHAN BONCEK
  • Jonathan Boncek
  • The Chairman of the Board looks out over a two-top

The menu, Amato says, heads into steakhouse territory at dinner service. Reitz adds that part of the idea with Little Jack's was to give locals another option for business meetings, be it lunch or dinner, to create a place where a suit and tie wouldn't look out of place, nor would it seem weird to tuck in with a bottle of wine at noon. 


Artist Becca Barnet painted a series of famous race horses above the fireplace - JONATHAN BONCEK
  • Jonathan Boncek
  • Artist Becca Barnet painted a series of famous race horses above the fireplace
From a design perspective, it looks like they've nailed it.

Little Jack's will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. 


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