It’s been a long 20 months since a fire completely destroyed Jekyll’s Kitchen in Chagrin Falls. The restaurant, part of the Hyde Park restaurant group, opened in the former home of Blake's Seafood Grill in spring of 2009.
Co-owner Joe Saccone said that a perfect storm of challenges combined to delay the opening for as long as it did. In addition to designing a new restaurant to sit on a 145-year-old foundation and working on the side of a cliff teetering over the Chagrin River, the company had to overcome one of the harshest winters in recent memory.
“That all took quite a bit of time,” notes Saccone.
But there’s always a silver lining, and in this instance it gave Saccone and partner Rick Hauck the opportunity to rethink the entire space. While the exact footprint stays the same, the interior has been completely reworked.
“This allowed us to make some changes,” Saccone says of the fire.
Before, upon entering the restaurant, guests would see the kitchen to the left and the bar to the right. That layout created two separate bar areas when you take into account the attractive outdoor bar. By swapping the kitchen and the interior bar spaces, management was able to create one large bar that serves both inside and outside patrons. The two spaces are separated by a new 30-foot folding glass panel wall that when opened, unifies the two spaces.