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Midwest Eats serves brunch, dinner, and dining in the North Harbor neighborhood of East Chicago.
Jerek Blevins, also known as Chef JB, opened the take-out restaurant at 3931 Main St. The menu includes shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, giant turkey thighs, jerk alfredo shrimp and smack creole shrimp and cheese.
“We are open on weekends, Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” he said. “We are a casual, somewhat fast-paced restaurant where the menu changes from time to time. We would like to open the restaurant on site and during the week when the weather rises, in the spring.”
Midwest Eats offers a Soul Food Sunday with Mississippi Roast Wings, Cajun Fried Wings, Puerto Rican rice, mashed sweet potatoes, and southern fare.
“I have cooked my whole life and an opportunity has fallen on my knees,” Blevins said. “I do private dining and catering and I will always offer that. But it makes sense to have a restaurant besides being a private chef. My dad and grandpa owned restaurants too.”
For now, the restaurant is take out only. But when the dining room opens, individuals and businesses will be able to rent the dining room, which can accommodate 50 to 60 people.
“It’s an intimate private event space,” he said.
The restaurant employs eight people and plans to hire more when it opens for on-site dining. Blevins is proud that Midwest Eats is a black owned business.
“A call to action is in the foreground,” he said. “I saw pizza shop shirts that said social injustice had no place here. So we have ‘respect for existence or expect resistance’ on the front of our shirts and the logo of our restaurant on the back. “
Midwest Easts fills a void in the neighborhood, Blevins said.
“There is a lot of fast food in the neighborhood, a lot of fried food,” he says. “There is a Zel’s but there is not a lot of things you eat with a fork. We have comfort food like salmon on rice or lobster on rice. We have gourmet fries like carne fries. asada and a Caesar salad where we make the Caesar dressing on the spot. We cook whatever we love. “
The restaurant is currently open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and from 1 p.m. until full on Sunday.
For more information visit www.midwesteatsbyjb.com.