Bruce Cooper awoke to a phone call from the fire department at 5:00 AM to learn that his restaurant, his life’s work, had been struck by a water main break. As he drove across the Green Lane bridge on the morning of July 15th, he could see numerous emergency vehicles, their lights and crews and immediately feared the worst. His basement was overcome with water, the sidewalk was crumbled to pieces and there was water, mud and rock as far as the eye could see.
“Seeing my refrigerator floating in 7 feet of water was shocking to me”, Bruce recalls. In the aftermath of the clean-up came a moment of clarity. “After 29 years on Main Street, I soon realized that this was the perfect opportunity to rethink everything we do at the restaurant.”
This January, Jake’s and Cooper’s Wine Bar emerges better than ever with much more than a kitchen renovation and modest improvements. The restaurant opted to transform some of its long standing programs during its downtime. New items are now seen in the restaurants’ lunch, dinner, happy hour and dessert menus.
The most significant change comes in the form of a brand new wine program. Cooper carefully hand selected more than 50 wines from around the globe all for purchase under $50. In most cases throughout the region, customers are paying an upwards of a 300-400 percent mark-up. Jake’s and Cooper’s customers can enjoy any of its bottles for a one times over cost, which frankly in this business is unheard of. In addition, the restaurant has doubled its draft beer system going from 6 taps to 12 and will now offer two new draft wines to pair nicely with the already successful $15 carafe ‘cheap’ wine program.
Enthusiasts of the restaurant need not be worried as some of the signature staples, such as the crab cakes, short rib pizza and burger will remain intact for years to come. Notable changes start with offering hand selected cheeses from local farms, fresh pasta made by hand and a seasonal face lift to entrees and small plates.
Reservation line will open soon. Call the restaurant at 215-483-0444 with any questions or visit the website at www.jakesandcoopers.com.
Pictured above: The 8 inch water main broke around 4:30 AM on the morning of July 15th.
Pictured above: Water and mud spilled into Main Street with significant damage occurring at Jake's and Cooper's Wine Bar.