Jean’s Cottage Inn Celebrates 75 Years in April
If you have lived or been in Yakima for any amount of time you've heard and likely have enjoyed a steak at Jean's Cottage Inn. The restaurant in Union Gap is celebrating 75 years in business in April. The 75th-anniversary celebration starts the first week of April at the restaurant that was opened in 1946 when it was called the Tick Tock. A press release from the city of Union Gap says "it was located in the front of original owner’s Bob and Jean Boyd’s three-bedroom home. There was a long bar that could accommodate up to 15 stools and 3 or 4 booths. Bob and Jean’s son and two daughters grew up at the restaurant and could be found bussing tables year-round.
In 1961 Bob died and his son Ron Took over. The restaurant moved across the street to its current location and was renamed Jean’s Cottage Inn.
Allan and Kristi Marks purchased Jean’s in 1997 from the retiring Ron and Betty Boyd. The press release reads Jean’s is known for their big breakfasts, delicious burgers, and their T-Bone steaks."
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought some changes and challenges to the historic restaurant but Jean's Cottage Inn has been able to stay open and serve customers.
“Our customers have been truly amazing,” stated Marks. “We even had multiple customers buy over $1,000 of gift cards to help us out. We’ve introduced some new items like a loaded baked potato which was quite successful. We wouldn’t be here without our loyal customers for certain. The pandemic also taught us to think outside the box, and we created TJ’s Pad which allowed us to offer outdoor dining. This feature is still proving popular to customers, even as indoor seating has been expanded in restaurants."
Jean’s Cottage Inn is also known for something else. Seasoning. Specifically, their popular Deccio’s Seasoning line which includes an all-purpose seasoning, a salad seasoning, and a ranch dressing dip. Deccio’s Seasoning is the official sponsor of the popular Union Gap Tourism’s #SmallTownTourismChat. A monthly Twitter chat focused on small towns and regions throughout North America and the world.
When was the last time you had a steak at Jean's Cottage Inn??
Starting on April 1st when the anniversary celebration begins they'll start 75 days of one lucky customer receiving a free meal each day.