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3111 Shepherd Dr.
Houston, TX 77098


Galleria/ Post Oak
2027 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056


602 East 20th St.
Houston, TX 77008



Thursday, October 21, 2010

Juggling Act? Not at all.

Our Heights location opened for business on a Wednesday late afternoon. Once we got the final approval from the city, while the contractors were finishing touch ups, I decided let’s do a test run in the kitchen for the contractors and everyone else in the house. After plating all the foods, we decided to turn the neon open sign ON.

Within a few hours, the dining room filled up as pedestrian, bikers and motorist noticed the OPEN sign. This hasn’t happened in the history of opening a JNH! “Field of Dreams” nailed it; ‘if you build it, they will come.’ Construction was by far the hardest but oh how sweet the end results have been. Randy Pausch says it best, “The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.” I knew I wanted to be IN with the Heights and I am thrilled to be here.

Some have asked, how do you manage? Shhhh, each morning, I file for a separation from my dear Scotty. I go see my baby in the Heights and he visits the Post Oak chick. Yes, we have that kind of relationship. Occasionally, we catch the other red handed at Shepherd!

Shepherd is my middle child, rarely a peep from Shepherd. Moves along quietly.

Post Oak is my party hard during the day but turns in early at night child.

Heights is embraced by many and so far, an easy-going child.

Who are the amazing members that hold this family together? At each location you will find just a few happy, sassy, well-versed and strong personalities. These out-going individuals are all an extension of me. They are handed the gavel to make the necessary decisions. There are no managers here: We are all chiefs. Mama J (me) doesn’t think much of layers of bureaucracy. The set of tools given will be used. As the audience changes like the season, we all will go out to sharpen those tools together.

At the end of the day, we’re just chiefs slinging noodles, not brain surgeons. The last bowl is what you will remember, that’s all folks. Enjoy all of your experiences one bowl, one kiss, one discovery, one glance, one giggle, one exhale at a time. This too shall pass. Whether greatness or not, the next minute is coming around now. Thank you for following us.

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