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Baker/chef George Stevens preps chocolate chip cookies at Jean's Beans in Watertown. Photo: Todd Moe
Baker/chef George Stevens preps chocolate chip cookies at Jean's Beans in Watertown. Photo: Todd Moe

Jean's Beans in Watertown serves up six decades of home cooking

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Every community has a popular cafe, coffee shop or burger joint--the place for pie or a home cooked meal. Since the early 1950's, a family-run business in Watertown has been serving up take-out food, and lots of it.

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Todd Moe
Morning Host and Producer

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The iconic red building on Eastern Boulevard in Watertown. Photo: Todd Moe
The iconic red building on Eastern Boulevard in Watertown. Photo: Todd Moe
Jean's Beans is best known for fresh donuts, salads and fish sandwiches. The eatery celebrated its 60th anniversary last summer and has been run by three generations of Fullers and Bowmans since Eisenhower was in the White House.

Baked beans was the original signature dish, but today Jean's Beans, in the iconic red building, dishes up fresh baked goods, salads, chicken wings, coconut shrimp, fudge and local products like cheese and maple syrup.

Jane Bowman's father started Jean's Beans in Watertown. She and her husband Donald and two adult children, Mark and Heather, run the business today along with about a dozen very busy cooks, bakers and clerks.  Todd Moe stopped by recently for lunch and a tour.

A vintage photo of Jean's Beans from the 1950s. Photo: Jean's Beans
A vintage photo of Jean's Beans from the 1950s. Photo: Jean's Beans

Jane Bowman, owner of Jean's Beans, arranges fresh-baked rolls at the Watertown eatery. Photo: Todd Moe
Jane Bowman, owner of Jean's Beans, arranges fresh-baked rolls at the Watertown eatery. Photo: Todd Moe

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