Following a February fire that shuttered the restaurant, Upper West Side crowd-pleaser Jacob’s Pickles is reopening Thursday, while owner Jacob Hadjigeorgis maintains newish restaurant Maison Pickle — and pushes forward plans for a third restaurant in the neighborhood.
The new place will feature a short menu of dumplings, like the shrimp pillow dumplings on the menu at Maison Pickle, and soft-serve for dessert. The space at 513 Amsterdam Avenue is expected to open before the end of the year.
Following that four-alarm fire on the block of Jacob’s Pickles at 509 Amsterdam Avenue, Hadjigeorgis estimated that it would take at least a couple weeks to reopen — as opposed to what in reality took nearly seven months. Because the place had been flooded in fighting the fire, he had to entirely gut the place and rebuild from the electric to the floors. In the meantime, the restaurant helped raise over $7,000 in a GoFundMe campaign for the families on the block displaced by the fire.
“It’s a moment of joy to continue where we left off,” says Hadjigeorgis of the reopening. “We’re looking to solidify relationships with the neighborhood.” The restaurant opened over five years ago and “is not looking to reinvent itself,” he says, though there will be a few adds to the menu.
Hadjigeorgis, a New Yorker, opened his first restaurants in Boston that showcased mac ‘n cheese at Faneuil Hall; eventually he returned to his hometown and capitalized on the Upper West Side.