Owner foresees something special for eatery in Sycamore

SYCAMORE – Dawn Riedel is cooking up something special in Sycamore.

Riedel, who owns Something Special gift shop, said she and her husband, Jim, always had dreams of opening a restaurant, and that dream became reality when Jimmy D’s opened for business April 2 at 111 Sycamore Ave.

Riedel said the restaurant serves “home cooking” because the couple wanted to offer “something in Sycamore for a home-cooked meal.”

While Riedel said she does most of the cooking at Jimmy D’s, and has a background in restaurant work, Jim helps with food preparation and some of the cooking responsibilities.

In addition to the Riedels, the restaurant employs three waitresses and a “helper,” Dave Johnson, who Riedel said takes care of various jobs around Jimmy D’s.

While the restaurant offers a basic menu, a luncheon special is offered each day and theme nights are hosted at Jimmy D’s, she said. Wednesday night is German night, she said; Thursday features St. Louis barbecue ribs, Friday is Mississippi-raised catfish night, and Saturday evening’s theme is steak.

She said potatoes are cut fresh when customers order fries. Pies and mashed potatoes are other home-cooked options served at Jimmy D’s.

Hours are 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday.

A room for private parties also is available that can accommodate up to 12 people. There is no charge to use the room, she said.

Jimmy D’s can be reached at (419) 927-5845.