New Owners Plan August Opening For Jiggers
The popular Main Street diner has been closed since November 2011.
It's really true: Jiggers is coming back. New owners Steve and Karie Head have been working on the Main Street diner since taking ownership a month ago and they hope to open in August.
Karie, a physical therapist by trade, knows the diner business from her time at Oatlies in North Kingstown, which she owned with her ex-husband. She went back to PT after the divorce but missed cooking.
"One of the food service reps that I'd been working with for a long time told me that this had foreclosed," Karie said, referring to Jiggers. Centreville Bank, which held the mortgage on the diner, took possession of it last November.
"Steve and I went to Centreville Bank and put in a bid and they took it," Karie said, referring to her current husband, Steve Head, a Newport police officer. "Although it did take us seven months to close on it. We had to put a new water line in and a lot of scenarios came up."
They've got a website, hillandharbourdiner.com, and are working on getting the place ready to open in August.
"The food will be very similar to what she did before," Karie said, referring to former owner Iva Reynhout. "We did a lot of homemade stuff before, johnnycakes ... I grill-cooked it all myself."
She said, "I'm super excited about it."