Sadler's restaurant in J'ville 'goes to jail'

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 6:24pm

Beloved restaurant moves into new digs

East Texans love Sadler's restaurant in Jacksonville.

It's been around since the 1940s in different locations.

But now, they've got a brand new place to dine.  It just opened today.  And as owner Rob Gowin puts it, it's a place that has a lot of history...for some people!

"Last year, I was looking for some property, real estate and found the old jail and police station and tax office on the market and we snatched it up," Gowin said.

Sadler's has been in the old post office for a while, along with Lon Morris college, but when they went under, that complicated things.

"It changed the parameters of my contract and lease and who I was having to deal with on a daily basis," Gowin said.

Complete with a fresh coat of colorful paint, a kitchen, and a bar, the 2 story part of the building was constructed in the '30s and was added onto in the '50s.

And don't worry, there's still plenty of the old jailhouse experience left over for interesting dinner conversation.

They converted the old women's jail cell into a nice little private dining room, kept the original cell doors and turned some of the other thick jail doors into a shiny red bar.

Last year Gowin bought DJ's Smokehouse in Jacksonville.  He's merging his classic Sadler's menu with the barbecue.

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