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Jayne and Jon are getting married! (Jaynes will be closed Saturday)

It was nearly two years ago that I proposed to Jayne in New York City at our favorite restaurant, Balthazar. Jayne accepted and I couldn’t have been happier. Soon after, back in San Diego, we were kicking around the idea of starting a restaurant. Jayne had spent years in the San Francisco restaurant business and since moving to San Diego in 2002 sorely missed the city, especially its great restaurants. Talk of starting a restaurant quickly turned from dream to reality when a great, old building out on 30th street popped up on Craigslist. It was a coffee shop that was being sold. It was not 5 days later that we impetuously assumed the lease. What we started would turn out to be the most challenging, frustrating and rewarding chapter of our life. The road to gettting open was not only twice as long and twice as expensive, but one that seriously put our relationship to the test. From the endless construction and a Kafka-esque citywide liquor licensing freeze to the sadistic plumbing inspector and constant doubt, the next year of our life teetered on the edge both financially and emotionally. It became clear that the wedding would have to wait, since the planning of a wedding would put both our relationship and the business in too much jeopardy. The two had become so tightly interwoven that one could not survive without the other.

In the end we passed our plumbing inspection, got our license and slowly but surely without a lick of advertising, coupons or compromise got our restaurant into orbit. If I might say so I think we’ve made a pretty good go of it so far. We have a staff and guests that we love and every day now brings challenges and gifts that we can finally put into greater perspective. Early this summer Jayne and I finally decided to set the date, September 13th: Jayne’s lucky number.

We will be closed this Saturday night so that we can celebrate this special day. Look for highlights in the Jaynes Blog ; ) We want to thank everyone for taking a chance on our little restaurant and for entering our lives. We hope to see you all for years to come.


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  1. John and Laing Rikkers #

    Jon and Jayne –
    CONGRATULATIONS! We have enjoyed meeting you and look forward to many good meals with you in the future. We’ve been away a lot this summer, but hope to come for dinner week after next. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog, and also Jeremy’s blog – sounds like you’ve had some fun eating and drinking adventures this summer. Cheers.

    September 10, 2008
  2. Donna Marganella & Kevin O'Neill #

    Congratulations and best wishes for many, many years of health and happiness together! And thank you for enduring the two years it took to make Jayne’s a reality. As happy customers, we really do appreciate having such a fine neighborhood restaurant in San Diego. It’s always a pleasure to come in and have a meal with you.

    Enjoy your special day!

    September 10, 2008
  3. Congratulations you guys! I am sorry we haven’t been in in so long, we definitely need to come visit soon. So happy for you and best wishes!!! xoxoxo – Alice

    September 10, 2008
  4. Marie Dumas and Jim Pugh #

    Congratulations! We sincerely love your restaurant and enjoy being a part of the extended Jayne’s family. Thoroughly enjoy your wedding and party like we know you can!

    September 11, 2008
  5. John and Jayne,

    Congratulations! Its funny that you proposed at Balthazar in NYC bec/ i want to invite you both to DSWE’s Grand Portfolio Tasting on October 22nd. Fall in NYC, fantastic, taste through 100 or so great producers, followed by an awsome dinner and then….Balthazar for Mag’s, Jerobaums etc of Champagne all night! Periwinkles not included. All the best from my family to yours.


    September 12, 2008

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