In April 2020, a prime Canton Street restaurant location became vacant, and although many worried this space would remain empty, the location immediately caught the attention of former Food Network host and restaurateur Willie Degel.

Degel first brought his Uncle Jack’s concept to Georgia in 2016 when he opened Uncle Jack’s Meat House in Duluth, and after several years of searching in Roswell, the perfect location was finally available for his second Georgia concept— Uncle Jack’s on Canton Street. Offering a modern twist on American cuisine, the menu at Uncle Jack’s on Canton Street features locally sourced, high-quality ingredients and iconic Uncle Jack’s brand favorites.

Roswell Inc provided vital insight during the recruitment process to help Degel secure the location as well as worked with city staff and the Roswell Historic Preservation Commission throughout the permitting and development process. Bringing an estimated 75 to 80 new jobs to the city, Uncle Jack’s officially opened its doors in November and has quickly become a local favorite amongst Roswell residents and visitors.

Investment in transforming the space totals approximately $700,000, including additional exterior enhancements slated to begin later this year. The restaurant, which already boasts seating for more than 200 guests, plans to add additional lawn seating and fire pit zones as well as an outdoor bar in the coming year. Uncle Jack’s also plans to open for lunch services later this summer.

This story was originally featured in Roswell Inc’s 2020 Annual Report.