Diners can once again look out towards the boats moored at the Embarcadero Marina as they chow down on all variety of American comfort food or sip kombucha served up by the Newport Bayfront’s newest restaurant, Jack Sprats.
The restaurant had a quiet opening last week in the former location of the Waterfront Grille in the front building of the Embarcadero Resort, giving a chance for locals to “discover” the family restaurant before any sort of grand opening celebration.
Reminiscent of the rhyme from which the restaurant derives its name, owner Chloe Beckes said she hopes Jack Sprats will be a place that any diner, no matter their dietary preferences, may enjoy.
“I’ve always worked in restaurants my whole life and so I’ve kind of gathered up all the pieces I’ve liked and weaved them together to become Jack Sprats,” Beckes said. “Our tagline is ‘Comfort food for all,’ and we have primarily American comfort food for everybody, but we also have gluten-free food and vegan options.”
Working her way up from server and bartender to manager and eventually owner, Beckes learned the ins and outs of the industry from the ground up before opening her first restaurant eight years ago in Cottage Grove, but she said even then she always had her eyes on the coast.
“We’ve always wanted to move here even before we opened our first location,” Beckes said. “We were finally able to buy a house and move here last year. I’ve got two kids, one in middle school and one in high school, and they were able to finish up school here.”
While Beckes considers Jacks Sprats a family friendly establishment, it does feature a full bar where patrons can enjoy wine, local beers and kombucha as they catch the latest sports game on television.
As for food, the menus feature a variety of burgers, sandwiches, salads and homemade desserts, your typical American fare with a few specialty items thrown in.
“Our burgers are fantastic, but we have everything from sandwiches to salads. Our reuben is very good and we have all sorts of appetizers,” Beckes said. “We handmade everything, everything is made in house. Our dressing is phenomenal. I’d say we’re a saucy place for sure.”
Once things are up and running, Beckes plans to add a video arcade in the back of the restaurant and offer a private room to rent for special occasions.
Jack Sprats is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. all week. To check out the menu or call in for take out, go to https://jackspratsbayfront.com/.