Jake’s Good Eats was in an unlikely spot, in a former service station in the countryside on Albemarle Road. martha catt Observer files
Jake’s Good Eats was in an unlikely spot, in a former service station in the countryside on Albemarle Road. martha catt Observer files

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What’s the word on Jake’s Good Eats?

August 16, 2017 03:04 PM

UPDATED August 16, 2017 03:04 PM

Jake’s Good Eats, the little restaurant out in the country that has still gotten big attention for several years, is open under new owners after closing briefly.

Jose Zelaya, who had worked as a chef for owners Jake and Gordon Stegall, recently bought the restaurant when the Stegalls decided to get out of the business. Zelaya says he’s keeping everything the same, including the menu, the staff and the name.

There had been confusion among fans recently on whether Jake’s was open or closed. Zelaya says the restaurant closed for a few days but reopened very quickly and is now back to its regular hours.

Even though the location, in a former gas station on Albemarle Road, was about 15 miles from uptown Charlotte, the small cafe attracted a lot of attention for high-quality, Southern-inspired food. It was featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” in 2010 and has been written about in magazines, such as Our State. Restaurant reviewers in the area, including The Observer’s Helen Schwab, have given it high marks for dishes like the venison quesadilla with jalapeno jelly.

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Kathleen Purvis: 704-358-5236, @kathleenpurvis