The original owner, Howard Radis, purchased Londonderry Pizza and set up shop. One of the first changes implemented was making fresh dough daily for all of the pizzas, calzones, and homemade bread — a practice continued to this day.
The original shop consisted of four tables with red checkered table cloths, pizza ovens, a couple of refrigerators, and not much else except for a dream of one day expanding to bigger and better things.
After getting their feet wet for a couple of years and honing the craft, an opportunity arose to purchase Casey’s Pub, which was conveniently located right next door. Plans for the new restaurant quickly were in the works.
With much help from family and friends (there are too many to name), the project began. Construction of the new place was filled with many obstacles; but with a combination of sheer determination, luck, and some very skilled people, the whole project was completed in about three months; and Jake’s Marketplace Cafe was born, opening on June 1, 1989.
The early years of Jake’s were a busy time, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week. As the business grew, so did the need for more space.
In the spring of 1991, the area that is now Jake’s West End Bar was added. Around that same time, the outdoor deck was expanded in order to accommodate our growing Volleyball League (16 teams and still going strong!).
Over the years Jake’s has catered countless weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and other functions and has enjoyed serving our great homemade cuisine to local residents and visitors from around the world.
As we journey through our third decade of business, we look forward to seeing old friends and welcoming new ones for many years to come.
So who is Jake? Jake was Howard’s dog!