The original Jefferson’s Restaurant opened in Jacksonville, AL on September 15, 1991. Jeff graduated from Jacksonville State University in 1990 and thought that the college desperately needed a local hangout.
After putting his college degree to no use for a year, Jeff decided the time was right. Begging his parents for a loan and selling his treasured baseball card collection for the financing, the restaurant finally opened with a tiny menu in 1991. Jefferson’s was an immediate hit. People loved the huge juicy burgers, fresh gulf oysters and world famous delicious wings.
Over the next 8 years, Jefferson’s expanded its menu and developed a dedicated “cult” like following. In 1999, Jeff partnered up with long time employee and friend, Sean McCooey, to expand the Jefferson’s brand.