Local eatery, student hangout closes; future of spot uncertain

The pending sale of Jons Grille to Fuzzy’s Taco Shop fell through, ending weeks of rumors and speculation of the possible move.The owners of Fuzzy’s were originally going to take over the location, said former Jons Grille owner Janis Meyerson, 64. However, the owners have lost interest in buying the space during the last few weeks.

“I had talked to Fuzzy’s Tacos about a sale several years ago, but decided I wasn’t ready to sell it yet,” Meyerson said. “I offered them the first chance to buy it this time but now the sale is up in the air. I’m disappointed that they didn’t take it because I thought it would be a good fit for all parties.”

After serving the TCU-area community for 18 years, Jons Grille shut its doors for the final time on Dec. 21.

Meyerson said she decided to sell the grill when she was unable to find another family member to take over the business for her.

“It was a neat experience,” Meyerson said. “I had a great time and met some great people, but I got to the point where it was time to stop and move on. I’d like to have a life again.”

Meyerson’s brother, Jon Meyerson, opened the restaurant in 1988. After he died in 2001, Meyerson said she planned to run the restaurant for five years and then pass it on to another family member.

However, she said, she couldn’t find anyone who lived close enough to take over.

Many students said they were sad to see Jons go.

“I was disappointed when I found out Jons Grille was sold,” said Oscar Restrepo, a junior psychology major. “I really hated to lose one of my favorite restaurants around TCU.”

Tyler Ferguson, a junior music education major, said he shared Restrepo’s sentiment.

“They had good food, fair prices and I really enjoyed getting to eat there,” Ferguson said.

As to what will replace Jons, Meyerson said she is unsure.

Although Meyerson said she will enjoy her newfound freedom, she acknowledged all of the people who came into the restaurant over the years.

“I’ll miss all the students and faculty that came into the Grille,” Meyerson said. “I was very impressed with them over the years, and I really enjoyed their company. I had a lot of fun with the whole experience, and it was a fun challenge.