Spotlight on Mr. Robert Jackson of the 19th Hole Bar & Grill

| November 19, 2013
Robert Jackson is owner of The 19th Hole Bar & Grill. (Photo: Jeanie Summerville)

Robert Jackson is owner of The 19th Hole Bar & Grill. (Photo: Jeanie Summerville)

UP CLOSE WITH JEANIE

Whatz up babies?

As always, I hope that all is well with you and yours. And that, you’re still taking the time, to bring yourself and others some more joy, beauty, happiness, love and some form of peace of mind. As we travel on our journey of love, to get to know one another better because you know that I am and it feels so goooood! On that note, I have a new club/restaurant to share with you and it pleases me to do so. Because in this thing called life, it’s important for us to know things, since in knowing things, we can recognize the choices that are available to us and in turn, we can decide what we want to do and where we want to do it. So, without having you wait any longer, we bring to you this week’s spotlight and this is what he has to say.

“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers. My name is Robert Jackson but my friends call me Bob. I’m the owner of the 19th Hole Bar and Grill that’s located at 303 E. Tillman Rd., and our telephone number is (260) 387-5428. Our lounge capacity is 141 and we also have a private party room downstairs. We’ve been open now for only two months and our slogan is, You have not finished until you visited at 19th Hole! It’s name came about because we’re near a golf course between Calhoun Street, and Tillman Road. I’m quite sure that many of you know me because I started off 10 years ago with my first club, Jasmine’s, that was located on Hessen Cassel Road. Then three years ago I opened, South View Tap, that’s located at 5706 Decatur Road., and a year ago, I started working on this place and we finally got it like I want it and now we’re open for you too.”

“I chose this specific location because I felt that a nightclub/restaurant was definitely needed on this side of town, since we don’t have anything in this area, I think I’m the only one in this general area. So I’m filling a need by being in this location. We cater to the midde aged people that are 35 years and up.”

“I’m not saying that young people are not welcome but they got to fall in line with these older folks because we only play grown folks music, jazz and blues. On Friday nights, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., we have Kemmy Dean for your entertainment enjoyment. He’s a standout singer that can imitate any Motown performer and the people like him and actually, he packs the house. On Saturdays, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., we have an old school blues and jazz music matinee with D.J. Ken Humphrey, and he’s awesome. Also, Saturday nights is ladies night with live entertainment from 10 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday’s is our Karaoke night with Emmit and Marysia Wallace from 9p.m. until midnight. We have some awesome people coming here to sing, so you should get out here and listen and get your voice on too. 

“Here at the 19th Hole, we plan on having a band perform at least once a month after our grand opening which will be Saturday, Nov. 30, featuring Ty Causey and W.R. Sanders. We’re also a sports bar, we have lots of televisions and we watch Sunday and Monday Night Football, we also watch golf. We have free pool too on Monday’s and pool leagues on Wednesday’s.

“Now for the grilling part, our kitchen opens for lunch daily at 11a.m. We have some good sandwiches such as, deep fried turkey clubs, breaded pork tenderloins, burgers, poor boy, pizza grinders, the cuban plus more. We also have shrimp baskets, pizza, good chicken wings, cat, whiting and perch fish and we prepare them with all of our own seasonings and spices, we make it up. That’s why they taste great and people keep coming back to get it. We also have salads and lots of side orders and all of our food is responsibly priced.

“Our atmosphere is great and everybody that comes in say, they like it and will be back and they come back. We also have a person here that’s a greeter and she greets everyone that comes in to make them feel good, comfortable and special and that adds to our atmosphere because she’s very friendly and polite. She also goes around to all the tables, to see how’s everybody’s doing and make sure they’re being taken care of right. This happens because we want you to come back. We want you to love this place and love this atmosphere so come out and ejoy yourselves.” 

“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers. My name is Ursulyn Raphael and even though I was born and raised in Warsaw, Indiana, Fort Wayne has been my home since 1984. I’m the person that’s the greeter at the 19th Hole Bar and Grill. I’m also the CEO of Raphael Consulting and have been for over 20 years now. Basically, what I do is business development through marketing, advertising and promotions. So, when I heard about this new venue that opened, a friend of mine and myself went in to check it out and I liked what I saw. So I introduced myself to Mr. Jackson, chatted with him to find out what his plans and goals are and of course, to congratulate him on his business. I also shared with him, what I can do to assist in making this place known, as well as, getting the business out there. He was ready to jump on board and said, let’s do it and I started two weeks after they opened.”

“So now, I’m the club’s marketing consultant, I basically advice and consult on the marketing and advertising. I also play a small portion of promoting but basically, I make individuals aware of the club and I make decisions of who we should bring in, as far as, entertainment. I greet our guests at the door so that everyone feels welcome and I assist the owner on making decisions, to not only have our guests come in but to keep them coming in. Because I’m a person that has always wanted to be comfortable in any environment, whether it be a venue, church or etc. I also have a passion about wanting a person to be comfortable, at ease and as peaceful as I can make it because I want them to enjoy themselves whenever they enter the venue.”

“Being a part of the 19th Hole Bar & Grill and, not to be biased, I basically have seen in the length of time that we’ve been on board, I’ve noticed, that it’s a different group of individuals that I have not really seen around the town. But from chatting with them, they’ve been waiting for a place like this. A place, that has no drama, plays adult music, has a good atmosphere and professional. So I give kudos to Mr. Bob Jackson for opening this establishment and it’s my prayer that it continues at this level and that each person that comes through the doors enjoys themselves.”

Now, I’m taking it to two of the people who are here to find out what they actually think of this venue and this is what they have to say:

“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers. My name is Pat Jones and the 19th Hole is a very comfortable place for me to go. Because the atmosphere is great, the food is great and I especially love that the owner and his employees treats everyone like family when we walk through the door and I love being here. I haven’t gotten up to sing karaoke yet but I’m planning on it because I like the couple that’s over it too. I’m definitely planning on being here for the grand opening and watching Ty and W.R. perform.” 

“Hello, Frost readers. My name is Therman Manley and I think the 19th Hole is a refreshing change and a fun atmosphere. The food is great and I love the variety of choices that will please any taste but I’m partial to fish. I come here for the entertainment of the old school music, jazz, R&B and to sing karaoke. You just can’t beat the settings and it’s a nice change from the same old crowd.” 

Now in closing I say, isn’t this just beautiful? I love it when people have good things to say about establishments. Great job Robert, keep up the good work and the food that was prepared for me was absolutely pretty and delicious! So until next week, you’ve been Up Close with Jeanie. Bye, bye babies.

P.S. If you would like the Spotlight shined upon you or someone who you know, all in the name of love, just send me an e-mail to upclosewithjeanie@yahoo.com. I’d love to hear from ya.

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