It was not until August 2013 that Sarnia had its first and only Philly cheese steak restaurant. By cooking prime food that will fulfill your appetite, Philly Cheese Jakes is a place that Sarnia has been waiting for.
Besides selling their popular Philly cheese steak sandwich, Philly Cheese Jakes has other delicious options, such as the pulled pork sandwich, the chicken cheese steak sandwich with store-made peameal bacon, the turkey chipotle bacon sandwich, as well as gourmet hotdogs and nachos. The owner, Jake Cherski is good at taking these menu items and putting a creative spin on them. “It’s comfort food at its best –comfort food that’s outside of the box.”
Sarnia-Lambton Business Development Corporation helped Cherski in terms of business counselling and obtaining a loan. Cherski adds, “They were a part of [the planning process] from start to finish. They were awesome, provided full support, were easy to work with, and they truly cared about me and my business.”
In terms of how he has grown as a business owner, Cherski explained that he is more cautious of what he does. “I avoid making snap decisions. I look at the financials before I do anything.” In addition, he wished he knew how to get proper quotes from contractors before he opened his business. That is why his one piece of advice to new business owners is to make sure they do all of their research.
Even though it has only been one year since he opened Philly Cheese Jakes, he could not be happier. “The best part of being an entrepreneur is that you’re living your dreams.”
Philly Cheese Jakes is located at 988 Confederation Street and you can contact Jake Cherski at (519) 491-5797 to place an order. For updates and other information, you can find Philly Cheese Jakes on Facebook as well as Twitter (@PhillyCheeseJ8k).