Watertown, NY, May 30, 2014 — 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.
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
Jane Bowman, owner of Jean's Beans, arranges fresh-baked rolls at the Watertown eatery. Photo: Todd Moe