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.

"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."




Pacman731 July 11, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Well with the new name...we can really use the regional direction mainstay of saying "you go down past where Jigger's used to be...."
PM JONES July 12, 2012 at 01:25 AM
I checked out the website - no menu on the page I viewed. So why do you believe gingerbread pancakes are not on the nonexistent menu?
HillResident July 12, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Hooray! This is wonderful news. And Oatley's has always had great breakfasts, so I have high hopes for this new spot. Looking forward to opening day!! Good luck to Steve and Karie on their final preparations.
HillResident July 12, 2012 at 03:05 AM
I didn't see the gingerbread pancakes on the menu, but I did see bacon waffles. Seems like change can be a good thing :-)
EG Lurker July 12, 2012 at 04:38 AM
PM Jones - you gotta be looking at the wrong website - breakfast and lunch menus right up front: http://hillandharbourdiner.com/Breakfast-Menu.html


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