Last month, Jeffery Clark opened his third venture, JC’s Parkside Pub & Grill at 4671 S. Lake Dr. in Cudahy. He also owns JC’s Blue Collar Pub, also in Cudahy, and JC’s Pub & Grub located in the former Painted Parrot building in West Allis.
"None of my places have a theme other than to be very easy-going and relaxed with a really good product," says Clark.
JC’s Parkside has a full bar featuring everything from craft cocktails like handmade Old Fashioneds and Manhattans to a solid selection of beers in cans, bottles and on tap. The food menu is comprised of burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, salads, wraps, nachos and tacos. Almost everything is $10 or less.
On Fridays, numerous different fish fries are available, including beer battered / breaded or baked cod, perch, blue gill or walleye, fairly priced from $12-15. An all-you-can eat cod fry is available for $15.
Wing Night is also a customer pleaser, taking place every Thursday night and offering up either 12 large wings with a free side or 30 large wings with a free pitcher of beer. Wing sauces range from ranch to peanut butter Sriracha to a very daring BoogieMan that’s made with ghost peppers.
The interior is fresh and new, thanks to an incredible amount of work by Clark, his girlfriend, Amanda Goodman, and two sons, Jeffery Jr. and Gavin. Prior to opening, the space also required new coolers, a complete kitchen rebuild, fans and a walk-in basement cooler.
"It took a lot to get this place up to code," says Clark.
Unique aspects of the decor include light fixtures that Clark and Goodman made from recycled liquor bottles and black booths that were originally in the Riverside Theater.
The parking lot was very recently repaved, but now that the job’s completed, Clark is focusing on building outdoor seating.
All in all, Clark is pleased with the first month of business in his new spot.
"We’ve had some decent crowds and even a couple who drove up from Illinois," says Clark. "Things are going as best as can be right now."
JC's Parkside Pub & Grill is open from Monday-Thursday from 3 p.m. to bar time; Friday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to bar time.
For more information, visit JC's Facebook page.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.