Buyer sought for Lower Mills eatery Mrs. Jones

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Mrs. Jones, a soul food eatery at 2255 Dorchester Avenue, shut its doors in May after its namesake owner fell ill. The popular Lower Mills take-out restaurant could re-open under new management, according to the building’s landlord, if the right buyer is found to continue Mrs. Jones’ business.

“I’ve had at least 20 interviews and I recently met with someone for second time who is interested in the space and the equipment,” explained Bill Shaffer, who owns the building that houses the restaurant. Shaffer said that Mrs. Jones asked him to act as a broker to sell her business to a qualified buyer.

“There’s been a tremendous amount of inquiry. Everyone wants it to remain a soul food restaurant.”

The business, operated by a husband-and-wife-team, had become a regular stop for fans of southern-styled cooking— churning out reliably-good plates of fried chicken, candied yams and cornbread, among other specialties, like fried turkey, okra and dessert puddings.

The Lower Mills business district is home to a vibrant mix of other food vendors, including Pat’s Pizza, The Sweet Life, Ice Creamsmith, and the sit-down restaurant Ester, which features an outdoor patio and full bar.