Riddle me this… Jar Kitchen
Up close and personal with the owners and founders of the Covent Garden restaurant, Lucy Brown and Jenny Quintero
If you knew then what you know now… would you still do it?
Lucy: Buy a house not a restaurant. Hindsight is a beautiful thing but I have always thought the only way to learn is from your own mistakes.
Jenny: Yes, but perhaps with some more practice and money. Sometimes it feels like we are playing restaurant and doing things as we go along. Once you open the doors and press go the people come in, things happen and you mostly have to just act as quickly and best you can.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Lucy: Be nice and work hard.
Jenny: A lazy person works twice as hard. Every time you cut corners or don’t do things well you end up having to make up for it!
What was your biggest break?
Lucy: Finding the location on Drury Lane.
Jenny: Winning the peoples choice of Best London restaurant in the Top 100 for Time Out Mag. It really helped get a good crowd in.
What’s the weirdest rumour you’ve ever heard about yourself?
Jenny: That we sell drugs at the restaurant and Lucy’s a lady of the night.
Lucy: Both true…
Do you consider yourself lucky?
Lucy: Very lucky! You can only get so far with hard work and dedication, the rest is pure luck.
Jenny: Incredibly so, we have the support of friends and family and great staff. Also the location was a god send.
What’s most important in your life?
Lucy: Producing something of worth and that I can be proud of but always second to my family which is by far the more important thing to me…oh and Quinny J.
Jenny: Growing the business to a place that’s self sufficient. And sleeping.
What brands do you admire?
Lucy: I love old skool establishments like The Wolseley, Corbin&King just seem to be able to carry on the old skool glamour for decades.
Jenny: In terms of restaurants I like a casual affair, 10 Greek Street, Duck Soup, The Barbary, Lupins, Kricket and The Oystermen.
Do you have a guilty pleasure – if so what is it?
Lucy: Cheese and carbs!!! I’m always stealing croquettes from the pass… oh and Parmos. If you know what they are then you’ll understand!
Jenny: Cream, I always pour out the top part of the milk for myself… and Paulo Nuttini.
Enquiries: Jar Kitchen, 176 Drury Lane, London, www.jarkitchen.com