SOME OF THE GREAT PEOPLE THAT BROUGHT YOU WESTY'S...
A LITTLE HISTORY...
He's been in the restaurant business for almost 35 years. He's the man that brought you the recipe for our Hot Fudge Pie, not to mention personally makes the majority of them. And that's no small feat; We've sold over 900,000 pieces and still counting! Back in 1979, Jake began perfecting the pie, cooking them 3 times a week for 6 months, in an effort to create the perfect dessert combination of two he'd always loved his mother's chocolate ice box pie and the classic brownie. He succeeded, and today Westy's mouth watering pie attracts people from all over the world!
That dedication to quality food and home-style recipes is the root of everything we have at Westy's. Many of our classics were recipes fine-tuned over long hours in the kitchen, where Jake would slave over the stoves, in the beginning from 9AM to 3AM all week, accepting nothing but the best. So when you eat at Westy's, you're tasting Memphis culinary history, recipes perfected over the decades, from Zinnie's around the corner to Jefferson Square, to The North End, to Westy's today.
Dave passed away in 2011, but his legacy at Westy's will always live on. Jake and Dave met through a friend in the mid-seventies, and worked together until the end of Dave's life. They brought back the North End flavor in new form with Westy's. Next time you taste our mouth-watering Catfish, or go for the Strawberry Melt or Fried Shrimp, remember Mr. David Harsh, who Westy's can never forget.
THE NORTH END BECOMES WESTY'S!
After successfully running Jefferson Square. The North End became Jake's next adventure, opening its doors December 1983. Serving a lot of the original recipes that are on the menu today. In 1987, Jake ventured out and opened Jake's Place a few doors down. Another quaint little restaurant that locals loved to visit. Tragedy struck in 1998 with a fire nearly destroying The North End. After almost 2 yrs of hard work and perseverance and a lot of help from his friends, The North End reopened its doors. In 2002, with several other business ventures in the works, Jake decided to downsize and sold The North End to new owners while continuing to own the business.
After a few short years, the new owners moved out of the building taking the The North End name with them. Jake again partnered with Dave Harsh and they reopened what is now known as "Westy's" after Dave's brother. Westy's has been Jake's longest running restaurant to date. You can find him daily in his "office" at the back of the restaurant... table 27. Stop by and say Hi...