Fall 2013 is anticipated for its grand opening.
Don Cowan and his wife, Kay Jenkins Cowan, were accompanied by family, friends, business associates, government and Chamber of Commerce leaders as they turned the first shovel to begin construction. Assisting were son David Jenkins and wife, Shelley, along with Stan and Brenda Lawson, owners and developers of Spring Creek.
Jenkins Deli, celebrating its 37th birthday in Cleveland last month, also has a location in Athens as well as its Mouse Creek Road deli in Cleveland.
Eric Powers of Innovations Group in Franklin, will oversee the entire project. His firm specializes in architecture and construction management for a variety of retail, restaurant, hospitality and office complexes. Some notable restaurant projects across the state include O’Charleys, Logans, Demos and Chick-fil-A, to name only a few.
The Cowans said they brought Powers’ team in because of their expertise to create the newest restaurant that will complement the tradition they have at Jenkins, and also to bring a new dimension to what they now offer.
The new design will expand on the flavor of the existing restaurants, and “take us to the next level to serve our customers and friends for the next 37 years,” the owners said. “It will also add some much-needed seating.”
Powers said when he first visited Jenkins Deli; he was impressed with the food, the hometown feel and the overwhelming community support the restaurant receives from its patrons. He noted the walls of the restaurant are filled with memorabilia that spans decades of local history.
“No need to worry,” he noted. “We are designing the restaurant around the unique memorabilia as we incorporate it into the design.” He said one of the challenges for the new design was to find ways to expand the kitchen to allow for catering, plus add private meeting facilities and find a parking solution.
The new Jenkins Deli at Spring Creek will feature expanded kitchen capabilities, a full service bar as well as a full service ice cream and desert bar. Outdoor covered porches, along with outdoor patio seating and fireplaces inside and outside are included in the design. Expanded seating is included in the design.
Powers said “I quickly discovered Jenkins Deli is the place to be to watch sports on TV and spend time with friends, so we are incorporating some great features into the restaurant for those events. Kay and Don both wanted us to develop a concept that would make it better for customers, but also for employees.’’
The Cowans said the architectural and construction management by Powers and his team will allow her to continue to focus on the day to day operation of her other two restaurants.
Kay Cowan encouraged her staff to provide input into the kitchen and overall design, so the overall result will be a joint effort of Kay, Don, staff and longtime customers.
The owners also had praise for the teamwork between the Spring Creek owners and CapitalMark Bank, adding the valuable assistance of Keith Barrett at CapitalMark “helped us get our financing in line through our small business loan as we planned our expansion.” Barrett, who is Cleveland president, said “working with the Jenkins project has been an enjoyable one.
“We are always proud to be involved in a project that allows a longtime business like Jenkins Deli to grow and expand. Their 37-year history in this community is admirable.”
Powers said he has been successful in utilizing a large percentage of local and regional construction sub contractors and vendors. He projected completion sometime in the fall.
Stan and Brenda Lawson, Spring Creek owners, said Jenkins Deli will join a group of unique shops already located in Spring Creek’s Retail area. Lasaters Coffee & Tea opened recently and a new Hardees will soon begin construction. The City’s new Veterans Park will soon be built adjacent the existing Greenway system that connects to Spring Creek Neighborhood.
“The overall lifestyle development is new to Cleveland,” said Lawson, “and it has taken a while to educate others on the concept where you can live, work, shop and play in your neighborhood. But it is catching on and our neighborhoods are growing with new homes. Our Spring Creek Town Center is filled with unique businesses and our adjoining Business Park is home to Cleveland Eye Clinic & Optical Boutique.”
Lawson said a full day of events is set for Friday, April 19, at Spring Creek with Bender Realty to showcase the building lots, home plans and available builders.
He noted The Shops at Spring Creek have special events planned for the day as well with a grand opening for the new Noggins Hair Salon & Cleveland Therapeutic Massage Clinic that just located in the Spring Creek Town Center.