On Wednesday, Christmas Eve, from 6 to 8 p.m., JR’s Burgers on West Front Street will be giving out free burgers, sodas and fries.
By DAN NATALE
Jrs., the first expansion of the popular Jr.’s West End burger place owned by Mike DeSimone, opened a few days before Hurricane Sandy hit, becoming the fourth downtown eatery to keep late hours, staying open until 4 a.m. every day.
With a number of bars just steps away, the tiny West Front Street restaurant immediately attracted a colorful crowd at closing time.
By JOHN T. WARD
A bustling corner with an Urban Outfitters right next door.
Four bars within a couple of hundred feet disgorging revelers who just might want a gourmet-quality burger to cap off the night.
A nearby hospital with hundreds of employees working around the clock.
A northern beachhead for his highly successful Jr’s West End, the Long Branch late-night restaurant he launched five years ago.
In fact, DeSimone liked the location so much that he persuaded a group of friends to buy the former home of Zuleyka’s Kitchen so his business could lease out the ground floor space.
He even plans to live upstairs.