Willie opened his first restaurant, Hollywood and Main, in June 1990 in Flushing, Queens. He had a vision for a steakhouse unlike any other, utilizing the highest quality products available and offering uncompromising service. Through obsessive attention to detail, he managed to elevate service to an art form, with captains trained to anticipate their customers’ every need.
In March of 1996, Degel began work on his dream of building the best steakhouse in New York City. He found a small store in Bayside, Queens and got to work. He personally designed the restaurant interior with a fanatical attention to detail and modified the menu until it was perfect. His creation, Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse, opened in 1996. It was an immediate success. Willie worked for the next seven years refining and perfecting its operations and receiving numerous awards and positive reviews in the process. In July of 2003, Willie opened his second Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse on Manhattan’s west side. The prohibition-style Victorian Saloon had hand-carved mahogany bar and walls, copper pressed ceilings, stained glass fixtures, and a wealth of other opulent details. Then, in September of 2008, Willie opened a third Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse at 44 West 56th street. Like its west side counterpart, Uncle Jack’s of midtown was an architectural masterpiece and a culinary innovator.
In addition to his burgeoning Uncle Jack’s empire, Willie is also the founder and owner of Jack’s Shack Organic Eatery, an all-natural fast casual dining concept that promotes environmental stewardship and fantastically flavorful eating.
Uncle Jack’s Meat House Duluth Georgia marks the debut of a new Uncle Jack’s brand tailored to today’s interest in natural, organic and sustainable ingredients. It’s the next milestone on Willie’s journey to deliver the ultimate restaurant experience. Whether it’s your first time here or your fortieth, welcome – enjoy – and come back soon. “Customer is King!”
To find out more about Willie’s restaurants, follow the links at the bottom of this page.