NEW BURGER RESTAURANT OPENS IN STOUGHTON: After much anticipation, Jake's Wayback Burgers has opened at the corner of Washington Street and Central Street, in the building last occupied by Little Caesar's Pizza, and before that Zoots Dry Cleaning.
The cozy restaurant features music, fresh cooked food, and a friendly atmosphere. It is owned by the Lopes Family of Stoughton. Owner Amantino Lopes told About Town that he was very happy to finally be open. He credited the accommodating employees of the Town of Stoughton.
"It took us about two months after filing all our paperwork. The inspections were sometimes done within an hour of requesting them. The Fire Department and health department have been great to us."
Lopes says he invested $250,000 into the business, adding, "It's really an investment in the community."
To that end, Lopes said he will be doing fundraisers for nonprofit groups, taking some nights and donating a portion of the receipts to the organizations.
With hours that run from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays (and 10:30 - 9 p.m. on Sundays), Lopes is relying on the top-notch management team he has put together.
His two assistant managers are Constance "Connie" Benson of Holbrook, who brings five years of experience at Dunkin Donuts and eight years at Bickford Restaurants to the table; and Craig Beaulieu, who has restaurant chain experience, but is best known as Mr. Beaulieu, a science teacher at Stoughton High.
Training the 17 employees (Lopes hopes to add five more) has been Mark Biccum, a Corporate Field Trainer out of Jake's corporate headquarters in Cheshire, CT.
Lopes is hoping that the Jake's Wayback formula will be a hit in Stoughton. "Everything here is cooked to order. We don't freeze food here, except the chicken tenders.The shakes are a big seller."
The menu offers Burgers (from 1-3 patties), milk shakes and malted shakes (lots of flavors), quality hot dogs, specialty sandwiches (like turkey burgers, garden burgers, B.L.T., and grilled cheese. There are garden and caesar salads, home style chili, onion rings, french fries, and house made potato chips.
Kids meals are available for $4.49 with burger, hot dog, grilled cheese or chicken fingers, with fries and a drink. Burgers range from $3.49-$6.89, hot dogs from $2.99-$3.99, and specialty sandwiches from $2.49-$4.89.
Jake’s Wayback Burgers was founded in 1991 by John Carter as Jake's Hamburgers with a single restaurant in Newark, Delaware (which still occupies its original location on Route 273.) Home to the University of Delaware, Newark is also known for its automotive plants and Main Street shopping district.
A simple, unassuming burger joint, Jake's soon spread to several locations and was home to one of the region's favorite burgers. Delivering the freshest, most delicious food possible was Jake’s only philosophy, according to its website. This is the second location in Massachusetts, with the other in Springfield.
The crowd at Thursday's soft opening enjoyed the food. Spotting in the crowd was Brian Ballou of the Boston Globe, Christine Lott, CEO of Christine Cares, which has opened a church and school in Tanzania, Bernie Planeta of Planet Security (which protects Jake's), and many members of the Stoughton Fire Department and Stoughton High football team.
About Town wishes the Lopes Family much luck in their new venture. After all, they are neighbors and friends!
STOUGHTON LIFETEEN CRAFT FAIR: Crafts, handmade items, raffles, prizes, food, and more will be featured at this fun event at the Immaculate Conception Church Hall at 122 Canton Street this Saturday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Back by Popular demand is the “world famous” former Albert’s Restaurant Portuguese Soup - buy it by the bowl or take some home to help keep you warm in the winter's chill!
All proceeds from this event will benefit the Stoughton Life Teen program. Further information, contact Phil D’Alessandro, Fundraising Coordinator, at 781-344-8832.
HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY: to Lisa Jacobs of Stoughton.