Frying, baking, and serving their way into the hearts of folks across the North Country. Jean's Beans in Watertown has been a pinnacle of good home-cooking since 1953. And now it's celebration time. 60th anniversary style.
"It's very important to us, because it's a family business. And we want to continue it. It's really a Watertown tradition," said Jane Bowman, owner.
What started as a business mostly around their original baked beans, now specializes in so much more. With everything from salads, to wings, and don't forget the doughnuts. Homemade comfort food is their claim to fame.
But the most famous of course is the haddock. Fried to a golden crisp. A customer favorite.
"It's really well-cooked, and the breading is great. And I got to admit, it's probably better than any fish-fry I've ever been to," said Brandon Doherty, customer.
The best in the business. And all thanks to the family who started it all.
"This is a picture of Neil and me when we first started in 1953. When we first opened the business. And I'm very proud of it," said Hilda Fuller, husband of man who started business.
Fuller's grandkids also work at Jean's Beans. They say after college they had very different plans for the future. But now say they couldn't be happier working together at the family business.
"I'm proud. You know, my grandfather started it, my mom owns it, Mark and I work here, and I'm hoping someday my son will work here," said Heather Bowman.
Good food, a big menu, lots of customers, and a happy family. Proud to be doing what they love and still going strong after sixty years.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, Watertown, NY