The “House of Jerky” Returning to the Old Port Soon

New Location for "House of Jerky" at 19 Exchange Street.

New Location for “House of Jerky” at 19 Exchange Street.

The Former Site of the "House of Jerky" on Exchange Street.

The Former Site of the “House of Jerky” on Exchange Street.

By Carol McCracken  (Post # 2,319)

If you’ve been missing your Jerky Fix since late last year, relax!

The “Jerks” are returning to the Old Port sometime this spring.  The two business owners have signed a lease for a basement store at 19 Exchange Street in the Old Port. Few details are available  at this time.

The business closed late last year – right after Christmas in fact. This time around the business partners Matt DiBenedetto, 54, and Jeff Gagne, 46, have a rent that is about half of the one they had at 13 Exchange Street – (allegedly over $6,000 per month)  – the former site of the cafe – “Mornings in Paris – which was forced to close because of the excessive rent increase it received from its landlord, Joe Soley. This new location has a different landlord.

Last May, the “Jerks” got off to a bumpy opening when it had issues with its landlord and opened later than they had planned.

The House of Jerky is Baaaack – hopefully with a rent it can afford – year round.- despite the lack of window space for advertising that it used to have.