J’s Supper Club offers fine dining in an intimate atmosphere.

Business partners Janet Thompson and Janie Kerrigan opened the establishment in Fairmont at 1523 Mary Lou Retton Drive, across from the Armory, at the beginning of November. Janet’s son, Peter Thompson, is the chef.

Janet explained that Peter does all the cooking and fashioned the unique menu after the selections offered at the original J’s Supper Club, which she started in Farmington in 1983. That restaurant was very successful, and people still remember the fresh veal served there years ago.

Peter said he graduated from culinary school in Pennsylvania in 2000 and spent six years working as a chef in Florida. He, Janet and Janie had been looking for the right spot and time to start a business venture locally.

“It’s my son’s dream to have his own restaurant,” Janet said. “When this place became available, I saw that we could maybe make that dream come true.”

They spent a lot of time and money renovating the building on Mary Lou Retton Drive, which was the home of several other businesses in the past, she said. Peter said they had to rearrange the bar and make the space more open for dining.

Veal continues to be the specialty at the new J’s Supper Club. Peter has created several signature sauces that can be paired with any entrée, whether it’s veal, chicken or pasta. Customers can also enjoy filet mignon, shrimp scampi, stuffed shrimp, lobster tail, spaghetti and meatballs, and other menu choices.

Salad is served family-style and Tuscan bread is provided with all meals. Appetizers, soups and desserts are also available.

“We like to have that atmosphere,” Janet said of the restaurant’s family feel. “Everyone that comes in gets a hug. We’re so grateful that they’ve come.”

People keep returning to J’s Supper Club, which means the business must be doing something right, she said. A staff of six operates the restaurant.

The venue features a small, intimate seating area, which can accommodate 36 people, and a full bar to service the customers. J’s Supper Club encourages business attire for dining and recommends reservations. It’s a place where people can stop for a quick meal or spend the evening, Janet said.

“We’ve worked so hard to make this fine dining and make it a beautiful place,” she said. “I’m hoping you make it an event. I want this to be something very special.”

Peter said they plan to open the patio, which is partially covered, in the spring, and that outdoor space will be more casual. J’s Supper Club can serve as the venue for wedding parties, rehearsal dinners and other occasions.

The restaurant opens at 5 p.m Tuesday through Saturday and closes at 10 p.m. For more information, call 304-363-6443.

Email Jessica Borders at jborders@timeswv.com.

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