By Starrla Cray
MONTROSE, WATERTOWN, LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Since Jacque B’s Kitchen and Cocktails opened July 15, the new Montrose establishment has been a dynamic dining destination.
“We’re very thankful for the customers and our staff,” said owner Bryan Bauman of Montrose, who named the restaurant after his wife, Jacque Lobitz-Bauman, a 1991 graduate of Watertown-Mayer High School.
Bryan grew up in Lester Prairie, and graduated from Lester Prairie High School in 1993.
“I’ve been in the hospitality business my whole life,” he said.
Ten years ago, he opened B’s on the River in Watertown.
Although both of Bryan’s restaurants have “B’s” in the title, and both have a bar and catering services, the environments are distinct.
Bryan describes Jacque B’s as more of a “relaxed feel.”
“It’s a place where you can enjoy a glass of wine or a couple of beers with friends,” he said.
Jacque B’s has an extensive specialty cocktail menu, with everything from “Tipsy Tea” to “Rum Yum Punch.”
“The ‘Blackberry Long Island Iced Tea’ has been flying off the shelf,” Bryan added.
Although Jacque B’s is great for an evening out, it’s also popular for Sunday brunch, which is served every week from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The selection includes five types of meat, an omelet bar, waffle bar, Eggs Benedict, bacon, biscuits, pastries, soup, salad bar, and more. Groups of six or more are encouraged to make a reservation.
Jacque B’s is busy during happy hour, too, with food and drink specials Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m.
The menu at Jacque B’s includes unique choices, such as focaccia cheese bread, Rueben egg rolls, fish tacos, and coconut shrimp.
It’s also very family friendly with burgers, buttered noodles, chicken o’s, mini corn dogs, and more on the kids’ menu.
All ages are in for a treat with Jacque B’s “build-your-own mac ‘n cheese.” The homemade dish with cavatappi noodles is mixed with the customer’s choice of vegetables and meat.
Desserts include ice cream sandwiched between homemade chocolate chip cookies, apple dumplings, soft serve ice cream cones, to name a few.
“We also do takeout, and we have pizzas,” Bryan said.
Those who’d like to eat at Jacque B’s can choose to sit inside the spacious restaurant, or out on the umbrella-shaded patio.
Another option is to dine near the restaurant’s glass garage door, which can be opened on nice days for fresh air and a picnic-like atmosphere.
“People love the garage door,” Bryan said.
For larger gatherings, Jacque B’s offers a meeting/party room that can accommodate more than 60 people. Catering for wedding receptions, grooms dinners, company social events, fundraisers, birthday parties, and other events is also available.
Jacque B’s mission is “to be a destination where friends, family, and business associates gather to enjoy fine food and a fun atmosphere.”
To learn more, call (763) 675-3695 or go to www.jacquebs.com.