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New name, new look: Sackets Harbor couple to open former Barracks Inn restaurant

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SACKETS HARBOR — Julia A. Jacobs and Joseph P. Finns of Sackets Harbor, who met only eight months ago, will be getting married in two weeks.

But they won’t be united only in marriage this summer; they’re going to be restaurant owners, too.

The couple has leased the former Barracks Inn on Pike Road from owner Leo R. Coleman of Chaumont, principal of Fairgrounds Inn Inc. J Fins Restaurant, which is expected to open in late June, is named after the soon-to-be newlyweds — with the extra “n” on his name dropped to create a seafood pun.

“It’s ironic that both of our names start with J, so we just went with it,” Ms. Jacobs said.

The restaurant overlooking Black River Bay has a rich history in the community that the couple hopes to bring back to life. Its menu will feature an array of seafood and steaks, including perch, shrimp, sea scallops and mussels, along with New York strip and other steaks. Traditional burgers and fish also will be offered.

“We’ll be happy to bring back such a special place for so many people in the area, and we want to be a part of the community,” said Ms. Jacobs, who moved to the area from Long Island eight months ago. “This is a very big resort area, and we hope to bring everyone who used to come here back.”

The couple has spent the past two months renovating the waterfront restaurant, which has been closed for about two years. Wooden stairs with lighting have been built from the waterfront area up the incline to the front of the restaurant, providing easy access for boaters. Other improvements include new lighting and carpets, a renovated bar area and waiting room, and landscaping.

“We’re going to bring in more modern features,” Ms. Jacobs said, adding that the restaurant will be staffed by 15 to 20 employees this summer. “The dining room and bar will have a modern flair.”

The outdoor deck on the bay, which has room for 200 people, will be rented out for weddings, birthdays, live concerts and other special events. The couple plans to stay open until January to cater to holiday crowds.

“We want people to take advantage of the restaurant during the holidays for Thanksgiving and Christmas,” Ms. Jacobs said.

The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and on Sundays for dinner at a time to be determined. It will be closed Mondays.

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