Our Story

 Jessi’s: Where Taste Meets Tradition Since 1997.

 

In 1997, DJ and his wife Roza opened Jessi’s. DJ has two children: daughter Judy who owns Studio 921 in Baltimore, and son Jason who manages Jessi’s today.

Take home a loaf of our homemade
bread baked fresh daily

5.95

Call ahead to reserve yours
hot & fresh from the oven!

(727) 541-1200

 

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Jessi’s Announces Partnership with FoodNow Restaurant Delivery Service!

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Governor Rick Scott Visits Jessi’s Restaurant Pinellas Park

The Governor of Florida Rick Scott Visited Jessi's Restaurant to enjoy the best breakfast in Pinellas Park. Governor Rick Scott heard about the delicious brunch, eggs benedicts, omelets, pancakes, country fried steak, biscuits and gravy, waffles, coffee,  and farm...

Continental Restaurant Pinellas Park

Jessi's is a warm, cozy, comfortable family owned restaurant on 66th Street in Pinellas Park. Roza & DJ first opened Jessi's with the vision of serving delicious freshly made meals with a heavy European & Balkan influence. Our Goal is to make you feel like...

Popular Restauranteur DJ Sulisufay

Seminole resident Djemal (DJ) Sulisufay, 71, died Friday, March 31, 2017, after a long illness. An Albanian native, DJ escaped his communist homeland and endured beatings and starvation in a Yugoslav prison before reaching the United States on Christmas Day in 1964....

Jessi’s Wins LocalShops1 Best in Biz Award for Best Established Business

PINELLAS PARK, FLORIDA — Jessi’s Restaurant, 8331 - 66th Street, North in Pinellas Park, is the People’s Choice among Established Businesses in the LocalShops1 Best in Biz: Small Business Awards for 2015. The recognition was announced August 6 at the seventh...

Congressman David Jolly Eats Lunch at Jessi’s Restaurant

Congressman David Jolly eats the best lunch at Jessi's Restaurant in Pinellas Park. David Jolly heard Jessi's has been a family owned and operated diner serving American Classics for Breakfast Lunch and Dinner since 1997. It was a privilege to have the Honorable...

Country Biscuits & Gravy

Huge Pancakes

Great Steaks

Greek & Albanian Specialties

Wonderful Desserts

Where It All Began

Our Purpose:

Our mission is to give you, the customer, the best dining experience possible in a warm welcoming atmosphere. To that goal, we start with the highest quality, freshest ingredients, make each dish from scratch in our kitchen, and deliver it to your table beautifully plated and delicious.

Our Restaurant:

We want you to feel at ease in Jessi’s warm, welcoming atmosphere. The elegant European decor conveys our family history and lets you know that your dining experience will be special.

Our People:

The moment you walk through our doors, you are the one we are here for. We want to get to know you, welcome you warmly into our own family. Your dining experience is given our personal attention. Never hesitate to let us know how we can meet your specific needs.

Our Product:

Jessi’s is widely known for the quality and variety of our kitchen’s made-from-scratch dishes. Mama’s homemade bread and many more have built Jessi’s reputation. Only the best freshest ingredients go into our high-quality dishes.

Our Family:

Jessi’s is family owned, with each family member contributing to its success. My father had a long history of managing restaurants. My maternal grandmother—everybody called her “Mamma”—was the cook for the restaurant’s first ten years. (She decided to retire at age 80.) Since then, as I have assumed management of Jessi’s, we continue our family’s legacy by using Mama’s original recipes, making our dishes from scratch using the best, most fresh ingredients, and treating our customers as if they were part of our own family.

Our Founder:

My father, DJ, is a living example of the American Dream come true.

He escaped from Communist Albania when he was 19 years old. In Yugoslavia, he was accused of being a spy, imprisoned, and sentenced to death. He escaped, was caught, escaped again, and finally reached a refugee camp in Italy. There, because of Geneva Convention rules, he was granted political asylum, received a visa, and came to the United States.

On Christmas Day, 1964, he arrived in New York City with no family connections or financial resources. Starting as a dishwasher, he observed and learned the restaurant business, eventually working up to night manager at several restaurants. Meanwhile, he studied business administration at New York University.

The quality of the restaurants DJ managed improved with his growing experience and education. As an employee of Restaurant Associates, he met and worked with Chef Joe Baum, the innovative restaurateur who created restaurants like the Four Seasons, a restored Rainbow Room, the Hawaiian Room, the Forum of the Twelve Caesars, Tavern on the Green, La Fonda Del Sol, Zum-Zum, Quo Vadis, the Trattoria, the Brasserie, and Windows on the World. This last was on the top (107th) floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

As Business Advisor with Restaurant Associates, he worked at Walt Disney World in Orlando from 1973 to 1974. There, he hosted a banquet for then-president Richard M. Nixon, and for the Motown singing group, The Supremes.

He then went to work at Ancorp National Services, from 1974 to 1978, first as regional director and ultimately becoming vice president. At Ancorp, he was responsible for 230 restaurants across America, including those servicing the workers of the Alaskan Pipeline.

With John F. Gilmore, founder of the Gilmore Collection Restaurants, he opened Thornapple Village Inn in 1978, in Ada, Michigan. It was voted the top French restaurant in Michigan. Former President Gerald Ford was a regular customer there.

Jessi’s Restaurant in Pinellas Park

Local & Trusted

Jessi’s Restaurant in Pinellas Park, Florida is the local trusted gathering place for families and business people alike. From our early morning breakfasts to our quick lunch menu and our evening meals, people have come to expect Jessi’s to offer what they want, when they want it.  We also provide space for the local chamber meetings, and we can and will cater any event.

Hours Each Day Open

Days Per Week

Seats Available

Cooks

Features

What We Offer

Home Style Fresh Menus

The food at Jessi’s Family Restaurant is served to your table as if it had been cooked by your Grandmother.

Fresh Ingredients

Our ingredients and menu item vegetables & proteins are sourced and graded by the owners each and every day. 

Tasty Meals

We love the compliments that we get from our customers, flavor is a big reason why they keep coming back! 

Creative Ownership

Family ownership that is led by a younger generation. Bringing new ideas and a new enthusiasm to our well known traditional faire.

Authentic Cuisine

Armenian and Greek and well as American and Italian Entre’s are our specialties. We love them all, and so will you!

Hot Fresh Coffee

Stop in for a cup and get to know us, you will be glad you did!

Testimonials

What People are Saying

“A Great Find”

"We love coming to this family restaurant on 66th Street near our home, in fact it is a home away from home."

Steph

“Fabulous food & flawless service”

"The people who work here really really care about the customers "

J. Wentworth

“Another successful experience”

"We enjoy Jessi's for our evening meals, consistent service and food quality is what we expect and receive."

Maya

"Speechless"

"I just cannot believe the reasonable pricing for the amount of good food.  The name of this place should be VALUE!"

Michael

Hours of Operation

MON – SUN
6:30 am – 8:00pm

 

Call (727) 541-1200

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Don't be shy. Let us know if you have any questions!