Jon Jacklin, the general manager at Smack Shack in the North Loop passed away at home this weekend. Jacklin opened the restaurant, overseeing hospitality for co-owners Kevin Fitzgerald and chef Josh Thoma in February of 2013. Beloved by the staff for his leadership and customers for his ability to remember faces and favorites.
The restaurant closed immediately Sunday after learning of his passing and has now resumed regular hours.
Smack Shack began as a food truck serving a now-famous lobster roll. A counter inside the 1029 Bar was added before opening the full restaurant in February of 2013. An outpost at opened at MSP International Airport in 2017.