FOLLOWUP: Preview Lady Jaye, three days before grand opening

(WSB photos)

Meet “Cletus” the one-ton smoker, out on the deck behind Lady Jaye, which (as we reported earlier this week) opens this Wednesday (September 18th). When we first reported on the plan for this new Junction venue (in the ex-Pecado Bueno space at 4523 California SW), they mentioned the intention to spotlight smoked meats and cocktails. They meant it. Co-founder Evan Carter tells the story of needing a forklift to get the smoker into place. We met Evan and the other three co-founders during a preview visit this afternoon:

Evan’s at left. L-R with him are Sara Rosales, Tyler Palagi, Charlie Garrison (all formerly of Radiator Whiskey). They have spent the last few months remaking the space into their new restaurant/bar.

The “dark, warm wood” focus is inside and out; the patio is part covered, part not, and retains the fire pit that predated Lady Jaye. Some art too, including this:

So what’s on the menu, you ask? A specialty will be the “Forever Smoked Turkey Drum,” with ancho barbecue sauce and lime crema. Smoked chicken, too. And a sandwich with smoked bologna. It’s not all for carnivores, though. Evan explains they’re smoking veggies, too. And the opening menu’s selection of salads includes shaved summer squash as well as a salad with burrata cheese, green beans, and crostini.

As for the beverages, they’re focusing on whiskey and agave. But the menu also includes beer (draft as well as bottle/can) and wine plus seltzers/spritzers.

Lady Jaye is all ages and will seat about 60 inside (including the bar, where you can have the “full dinner experience”), ~35 on the patio. They’ll be open 3-midnight for starters, adding weekend brunch soon.

10 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Preview Lady Jaye, three days before grand opening"

  • Quora September 16, 2019 (8:48 am)

    Stoked for this. Tyler is a great dude and I love the concept. Plus, this is an ideal space on the strip there; great location and cool patio.

  • RT September 16, 2019 (9:13 am)

    As delicious as the food may be, it may be tough living across the alley from the smoker….per the photo…….depending upon prevailing winds, of course!

    • Led.2 September 16, 2019 (11:20 am)

      We have a Traeger at home and smoke meats every so often and I always wonder if the neighbors like it or hate it… if hate, then it is just pay back for them burning garbage in their fireplaces and burning wood in their outdoor fire pits.  ;>) 

    • Chuck September 16, 2019 (3:01 pm)

      I had the same thought about the smoke; I would not be at all pleased if suddenly my whole house smelled like the inside of a smoker just for leaving windows open. And I hope their patio hours aren’t the same as their regular hours; listening to patio revelry each summer night until midnight would not be fun… 

  • Guy Olson September 16, 2019 (9:44 am)

    I want to go just to see that Highwaymen mural!

  • DumplingGirl September 17, 2019 (7:49 pm)

    You guys this place is so good. We shared several appetizers, entrees and a dessert. Cocktails and beer. Every single thing was crave-worthy. Service is on point too. This is such a great new addition to our neighborhood!

  • stephanie September 18, 2019 (2:39 pm)

     The Turkey leg is a must!!!   And the sliders!!   And the porkballs…… and the summer salad…….and everything else!  Great bar. fabulous atmosphere and wonderful staff!!  

  • dawsonct September 18, 2019 (11:18 pm)

    THIS looks far more Bueno than the previous biz.

  • dawsonct September 18, 2019 (11:21 pm)

    One of the problems with living in a city is all the damned people! If it weren’t for everyone else, this place would be perfect, I tell you!Now, get off my lawn. damned kids.

    • Graciano September 19, 2019 (5:00 pm)

      Dawsonct…get off my lawn LOL!!!

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