Newly Renovated Big John’s Prepares to Re-Open This Week

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New lamp, new table, new benches, same stickers.

“We have a side bet that people are going to come in and not know what we’ve changed,” says Robert Hightower, who — along with fellow Rarebit restaurateur John Adamson – last fall assumed responsibility for resurrecting Big John’s, which is scheduled to reopen this week  Monday at 7 p.m.

Big John’s owner Ryan Condon partnered with Adamson after taking over the 60-year old bar’s management from his nephews, who he felt had betrayed the soul of the legendary watering hole; Condon particularly disapproved of an arrangement allowing Roti Rolls’ Cory Burke to serve kimchi and cow’s head in a venue formerly renowned for its pickled eggs and cold sandwiches.

Under the leadership of The Rarebit’s team, the bar will focus on more mainstream items from the grill, although it will offer a much more extensive menu than Big John’s did in its heyday. “Our intention is to be a viable lunch place,” Hightower says. Continue reading