May-June 2018 New & Emerging Businesses
Story by Jefferson City Magazine Staff | Apr 26, 2018
JQ’s on High
911 E. High St. | 573-556-8922
JQ’s on High, owned by John Johnson and Quinten Rice, is, as they call it, “an upscale hole in the wall.” JQ’s has been a work in progress for the last four and a half years. John owned the building and Quinten noticed it was sitting vacant for some time, but he had hopes of doing something with it. Quinten’s vision for the restaurant interested John, and they worked to bring it to life. They have a successful menu, even with its small size. Some local favorites are the pulled pork, fish tacos, and very popular nachos.
905 Eastland Dr., Ste. B | 573-893-1326
Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery, owned by Lisa Altamam, opened in January of 2018. Lisa’s love of baking has always been a defining quality, so, when the opportunity to open a Smallcakes franchise came along, it was a perfect fit. Smallcakes has something for everyone between the 12 signature cupcake flavors and about eight daily special flavors, along with 12 flavors of ice cream. Smallcakes also has catering. Each cupcake is made fresh daily in store and any leftovers are donated to local charities such as Day Solutions or the Samaritan Center.
620 W. McCarty St. | 573-893-6969
Theo’s Midtown, Jefferson City’s newest Greek restaurant, is owned by Ted Mastrogiannis. Theo’s is an authentic Greek style restaurant that specializes in pizza, gyros, and Greek cuisine. Ted was the chef for Alexandro’s but has circled back to his roots with Theo’s, as he was born into the business of making Greek style pizza.
458 Rock Hill Rd. | 573-635-4536
Water Tower Bar & Grill, owned by Barry Parsons and his sister, Colleen Fletcher, got its name for two reasons: its proximity to a water tower in Jefferson City and their favorite bar in their hometown of Mendota, Illinois, also named Water Tower. Since opening on January 5, they too have become a town favorite. They offer live music Thursday through Sunday and hope to build a patio for customers to enjoy during the summer. Happy hour is Monday through Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00, and they have pool tables, dart boards, and a shuffleboard table.