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By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

Mason Jar Ranch brewpub and country store opens its doors in San Jacinto

 

Last updated 3/13/2019 at 10:56pm

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Food Network celebrity chef Brian Duffy poses with the Miss Hemet, Miss San Jacinto, Miss Teen Hemet and Miss Teen San Jacinto 2019 scholarship winners at the soft opening of the Mason Jar Ranch brewpub and country store in San Jacinto, March 5.

Hungry and thirsty San Jacinto Valley residents waited patiently in a long line, umbrellas up in a drizzly rain to enter the Mason Jar Ranch brewpub and country store soft opening Saturday, March 2, at Esplanade and Sanderson avenues in San Jacinto.

The lines to San Jacinto's newest sit-down restaurant and first craft brewery remained outside the doors for hours while customers sipped on a variety of crafted beers and enjoyed spicy dinner treats prepared by Mason Jar chefs and visiting celebrity chef Brian Duffy appeared with his television crew. Duffy's appearance required each guest entering the brewhouse that evening to sign a waiver in the event they might appear on an upcoming Fox Food Network show.

Spicy Buffalo wings, pulled pork sandwiches, southern fried chicken and other bistro-type foods were wetted down with homebrewed crafted beers by the first table guests. While San Jacinto Mayor Russ Utz, city council members and the 2019 Hemet San Jacinto Queens and scholarship winners greeted the new guests as the tables became available.

Mason Jar Ranch co-owners Grace Santiago and Robert Carter made the rounds of each table asking the patrons about their beers and food. The Food Network camera crew moved around from the sit-down bar to the restaurant tables asking patron opinions of the Mason Jar Ranch menu.

Grace Santiago and Duffy appeared at San Jacinto resident Gregory Johnsons table, his wife and friend for some introductions and photos. Santiago told Johnson as he enjoyed his Mason Jar Ranch "Porkalicious" sandwich how much she appreciated his patronage and the help of the city and other residents in their new business establishment.

"Oh my gosh, it's beyond amazing," Santiago said of the soft opening. "I can't imagine doing this without their (the city) support with the utilities, the flyers for the opening not to mention their loan.

"I am humbled by the amount of support we have received from the residents of San Jacinto, the amount of their love and kindness that everybody has," she said.

The city using its new Economic Development Incentive Fund program loaned Mason Jar Ranch $200,000 to help open their business.

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Mason Jar Ranch brewpub and country store co-owner Grace Santiago hugs new patron Gregory Johnson while he eats his 'Porkalicious' sandwich at the pubs soft Saturday, March 5, opening at Esplanade and Sanderson avenues in San Jacinto.

The Mason Jar Ranch now employs 36 employees, most of them local.

She said the restaurant and brewpub will soon be opening its Country Store and a Farmers Market in the spirit of country living in old San Jacinto.

Currently the Mason Jar Ranch will continue its soft opening for at least another week just with dinner service and afterward serve dinner and lunch and breakfast on the weekends. The bar is open through the week serving almost two dozen different craft beers made exclusively by Mason Jar brewery. A wine list is also available for dinners.

Brian Duffy is a celebrity chef known for numerous television appearances on the TV series "Bar Rescue" and on the Food Network Show on Fox television. The Mason Jar Ranch brewpub moved into the failed Bullpen Bar and Grill in the shopping center once anchored by Fresh and Easy at the intersection of Esplanade and Sanderson avenues.

Tony Ault can be reached by email at [email protected]

 

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