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New restaurant opens in Mandarin on June 12

New restaurant opens in Mandarin on June 12

Howdy Russell, who was formerly with The Loop and Larry’s Giant Subs and a prior investor in Maple Street Biscuit Co., has always wanted to open his own restaurant.

On Monday, June 12, Russell will open Jumpin’ Jax House of Food in Mandarin at 10131 San Jose Blvd.

“This concept has been a long time in the making,” he said. “I’ve lived in Mandarin for 24 years, so it’s my neighborhood and I know the community.”

Russell said Jumpin’ Jax House of Food will offer burgers, pizza, wraps, salads and homemade soups.

The Duval burger, for example, will feature two hamburger patties topped with cheese, Jumpin’ Jax sauce, pickles, lettuce, tomato and red onion. Pizza dough will be made with Fanta orange soda.

Another menu item is the 904 Club, which will be served on Texas toast and features house marinated chicken breast topped with melted cheddar cheese, pecanwood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion, garlic aioli sauce and avocado.

Russell said he wanted an energetic restaurant name.

“I wanted something local and bold,” he said. “The ‘House of Food’ was added so people knew what we do.”

The 5,200-square-foot restaurant, which previously housed Red Elephant Pizza, has 135 seats and will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

“We’ve got confidence from a business standpoint that we have an opportunity to run a strong business, but we also want to connect with the neighborhood,” he said. “We’ve had so much interest, so we’re going to throw open the door on Monday and see what happens.”

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