BAINBRIDGE – After sitting empty for quite some time, Jerry's Inn, at 18 W. Main St. in Bainbridge has reopened and will once more take its place as a pillar of the downtown Bainbridge landscape.
Under ownership of Brian and Tracie Champlin – also the owners of Hometown Hardware in Bainbridge – the Inn has received some structural renovations and is now serving food.
The establishment was empty for about a year before the Champlins decided to buy it. They opened up the interior and made what Brian Champlin describes as a lounge. They offer a full bar and bar food like hamburgers and fries and homemade soup every day.
“We are actually serving more food than we anticipated,” said Tracie Champlin. “It’s like a tavern menu – simple fare – but it’s good. We also do a daily lunch special.”
“Our cook is fantastic,” said Brian. “We’re doing 10 times the food I initially thought we would.”
The couple purchased the bar in August of 2014 and opened for business in mid January of 2015. And business has been great, exclaimed Tracie. In their first week of business they were “slammed,” said Brian. “And it has exceeded my expectations.”
“The locals have been so supportive and fantastic,” said Brian. “Word of mouth travels fast and we’re hearing nothing but rave reviews.”
Tracie said, “We renovated the inside in as much as it’s got updated plumbing and electrical, and a few changes to the layout – we opened up a wall that was between the bar and what was the dining room.”