Jake’s Meats will re-open in February
It was over three years ago that Jake’s Meats owner Alicia Canchola watched as her store and all of her hard work was destroyed by an explosive fire.
“A customer came in and told me there was a fire outside of my building,” she said of that day on Sept. 15, 2011. “The customer pulled me out of the store and showed me the back wall of the building was on fire. If I saw the person again I couldn’t tell you who they were. I couldn’t do or think anything. It just made me cry a lot.”
Since that devastating day, nothing has stopped Canchola from rebuilding her dream. Come early February, she expects to reopen Jake’s Meats, which stands as a testimony to her tenacity and dedication.
“It’s a lot of responsibility,” Canchola said. “I am going to do my best and work hard to make it successful. I have been waiting and I am anxious for the store to open. I want to make a big dream reality.”
Sitting four miles south of Quincy, Jake’s Meats has been a popular spot since the 1970s. At the time of the fire, Canchola co-owned the business with her former partner Alex Lopez. In 2012, she became the sole owner of the business, she said.
Canchola was given the go-ahead to occupy the new building in December. Customers who came to Jake’s still will find the fresh tamales they have been missing for the last three years. The store will be the same with a few changes in the layout. There is a beautiful meat counter at the back and also comfortable seating for diners.
“The tamales are my own recipe,” said Canchola, whose sons also work with her at Jake’s. “We will continue to make the tamales.”
Specialty meats, such as Jake’s famous jerky, will have to wait until Canchola brings in the special equipment needed to dry the meat. She, however, promises to bring back the jerky, both the pepper and original flavors.
“It will take time to obtain the ovens used for curing the meat but it will happen,” she said.
Special orders for carnitas, birria and barbacoa are also a possibility in the future, providing there is a demand for it.
Jake’s Meats will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The business’ new number is 787-4374.
— By Tammara Green, QVPR contributor