If you’ve ever dined at a small-town café, you’ve probably been invited to “Save room for a piece of pie.” And it wasn’t just any pie, but a slice of buttery, homemade pie bursting with farm-ripened fruit. Pie just like Mom used to make.
These are the kinds of warm memories that Kevin Shinn hopes to stir up with his new restaurant, Jack&June, recently opened at 300 N Canopy Street in Lincoln’s Historic Haymarket.
Named after Kevin’s parents, Jack&June is an urban café that draws its inspiration from the past. “Jack&June look backward for inspiration,” Kevin says. “We’re looking at heritage recipes—things like Cobb salad. Why was the Cobb salad named the Cobb salad, and why is that a heritage tradition?”
Though diners can expect to see little touches of decor and whimsy that reflect the life shared by Jack and June, Kevin hopes to evoke their spirit through food. “Jack and June were married for 51 years and were always together,” Kevin says. “You know someone like them.”
The menu features family recipes—including June’s deviled eggs and coleslaw—alongside favorites from eras past. Meat loaf with potatoes, crispy fried chicken, housemade bratwurst and a juicy single-, double- or-triple patty melt, all lovingly handcrafted from locally sourced beef, chicken and pork. A nightly blue plate special or featured entrée will change daily. Though pie will be the centerpiece of Jack&June’s dessert, expect to see a rotating selection of puddings, cobblers and cakes. You might even see an updated version of the familiar (but oft-maligned) vanilla wafer banana pudding on the menu.
Jack&June will be much more than an option for home-style, stick-to-your-ribs fare. The “June” side of the space will be an upscale cocktail lounge with 34-foot ceilings. Like the Shinns’ first restaurant, bread&cup, Jack&June will take its cocktail program seriously, mixing up classic libations from decades past and market-inspired concoctions.
Find out more about Jack&June on Facebook or online at JackAndJune.com.
—By Alexis Abel
—Photo courtesy of Jack&June