The photos above are from a recent class chef Tony Recillas held at Treasure Island.
Whitney Johnson (http://www.whitneyjcreations.com)
Jeff Zimmerman (http://www.jazim.com/)
Sonya Gilbert (http://www.gilbertcs.com)
Corey R Lewis (http://www.lightofdusk.com)
Off the beaten path, Jane’s Restaurant flourished in its first 11 years by offering reasonably priced eclectic fare in a cozy environment. Just like its seasonally revolving menu, the restaurant itself continues to evolve. The addition of a second dining room, which opened August 15, only adds to the allure of this Bucktown favorite.
The hard-earned reputation of Jane’s, located at 1653–1655 West Cortland Street, has been a mixed blessing. While a devoted clientele made the place a success early-on with its word-of-mouth praise, the restaurant’s small seating capacity—one of its charms—sometimes made it difficult to accommodate larger parties. The challenge was to expand while maintaining the restaurant’s integrity and intimate feel.
The floors of the new room are dark espresso-stained oak, with an area of crème white marble mosaic surrounding the Calcutta marble bar. The tables are also stained espresso and are accompanied by wrought-iron chairs as well as an ultra-modern white vinyl banquette on the western wall.
The room is painted in creamy shades with a tin ceiling, detailed moulding and several crystal chandeliers including a grand Capiz chandelier for the finishing touch. The design culminates in a cappucino effect: warm, rich, modern, yet classic. One might even say subtly sweet. It is in part due to the soothing surroundings that Jane’s has long been a favorite spot for rehearsal dinners, engagements, anniversaries, birthday parties, and other watershed occasions, and the new space is well-suited to handling such events. The 1,200 square foot room—roughly the same area as the original dining room—can welcome up to 50 patrons seated or 80 standing. A modest platform in the front picture window doubles as a stage for small musical ensembles when necessary.
The expansion and renewal of Jane’s was overseen by Julie Greenwalt, Jane’s longtime general manager and co-owner, along with chef and co-owner Tony Recillas. The two have worked closely together since assuming ownership in 2000. For them, Jane’s is a labor of love. Greenwalt caught the hospitality bug at an early age from her mother who ran a small catering business out of their home in Des Moines. As she recalls, "I used to help her prep for parties all the time." Greenwalt began working as a waitress at Jane’s not long after it opened in 1994, and she recognized early on that it was a well-run establishment with obvious vision. When the opportunity arose for Greenwalt to manage and later own the eatery, it was not a difficult decision.
Jane‘s is a great place for weddings, rehearsal dinners, holiday parties, birthday parties, anniversaries, and showers! Click here to learn more.
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Jane’s goes to great measures to ensure that its food tastes “homemade,” prepared healthy, fresh and clean, with many vegetarian-friendly options, and no deep-fryer in sight. The additions to space and menu make an already great restaurant that much better. As Greenwalt says, “We want people to feel like they’re at home.” Jane’s certainly makes it easy.
1⁄2 priced bottles of wine/BYOB
Wednesday nights: BYOB
$25/3 course price fix menu
$10 Bottomless Bloody Mary's and Mimosa's/$10 Specialty Burger Menu (11a.m.-3p.m.)
$10 Specialty Burger Menu
Saturday & Sunday:
We deliver Tuesday - Sunday nights from 5 - 9:30p.m.