Success was in the family of Joe (not Jason) Tortorice Jr. More than just success, but also two prior generations of successful restaurant owners. Both Joe’s dad and grandfather had owned restaurants themselves before Joe decided to try his hand at it opening the first Jason’s Deli in 1976. His grandfather had immigrated to America from Sicily in 1895 and later opened Turf Cafe in 1950 in Beaumont, Texas. One of his children, Joe Sr, had a variety of businesses including J’s BBQ. It was in the cards for Joe Jr to follow in their footsteps. But who is Jason? Keep reading to find that story.
General Restaurant Information
Food Type: Sandwiches
Restaurant Type: Fast Casual
U.S. Locations: 260
States: 28 states, Jason’s Deli Locations
Company Slogan: If we wouldn’t serve it to our families, we’re not going to serve it to yours.
Questions: Contact Information
Phone number: 40-983-81976
Email: Contact Email
Blog: Jason’s Deli Blog
FAQ Page: No
Who Owns Jason’s Deli? Jason’s Deli (family owned)
Headquartered: Beaumont, TX
Website: Jason’s Deli
Email/contact page: Contact Information
Phone: (409) 838-1976
Address: 2400 Broadway, Beaumont, Texas 77702
Do They Franchise? No
Those are the kinds of things that I learned from my father. I called him the great encourager. He was always there giving me the inspiration to press forward. When you start a business … there are days more often than not when you don’t know whether a customer is going to show up or not. There are days you don’t know if all your employees are going to show up. … I had a great encourager behind me. ~ Founder Joe Tortorice Jr. (source)
What Is It Like To Work At Jason’s Deli?
3.8/5 or 76%; 977 Reviews (indeed.com)
3.4/5, or 68%; 530 Reviews (glassdoor.com)
The History of Jason’s Deli
Original Location: 112 Gateway St, Beaumont, Texas
Founded By: Joe Tortorice Jr
A conversation with founder Joe Tortorice Jr. (kansas.com)
Founder Obituary: Still Living
Name Origin: Joe Jr wanted to name the restaurant “Tortorice’s” but was talked out of it by his family members because they felt no could pronounce it. Joe’s oldest son is Jay and so when you combine Jay with son = Jason’s was born (source)
History Page: Company History Page
Current View of Original Location: 112 Gateway St as it is today (link may not work on mobile devices without Google Maps)
Celebrating 40 Years (jasonsdeli.com)
Learn all about the humble beginnings of Texas’ own Jason’s Deli (chon.com)
It all started with a deli-cious idea (reporternews.com)
Charity Focus: Community Support
Green | Eco-Friendly: No resources found
Animal Cruelty: No resources found
Discounts At Jason’s Deli
Rewards Program: Jason’s Deli Reward Program
Do Kids Eat Free at Jason’s Deli?
What day do kids eat free? Wednesday
Summary: Jason’s Deli offers a kids eat free program on Wednesday’s. Check your local store for details.
“Purchase an adult meal and get up to two free kids’ meals (Ages 12 and under)” (pennypinchinmom.com)
“Kids eat free all day on Wednesdays. One free kids’ meal per paying adult.” (bradsdeals.com)
Does Jason’s Deli Offer Military Discounts?
Summary: Currently, the chain doesn’t offer a military discount.
What Does Jason’s Deli offer for My Birthday!?
Summary: Currently, they offer a $5 gift card for your birthday when you belong to their rewards program. Check their site for current offers/promotions.
Does Jason’s Offer First Responder Discounts?
Summary: The chain does not offer a first responder discount.
Does Jason’s Offer Senior Citizen | AARP Discounts?
Summary: They do not offer a senior citizen discount.
Are There Any Other Discounts or Benefits?
Summary: Currently, with the Mobile Rewards program –
You’ll earn one Deli Dollar for every dollar spent. Customers earn one Deli Dollar for each dollar they spend using the mobile app and online at jasonsdeli.com. Each Deli Dollar is worth 4 cents, 25 Deli Dollars is equal to $1. Deli Dollars can be redeemed toward future online purchases.
Order Online: Jason’s Online Order
WiFi Available: Yes
Use Apple Pay: No
Catering: Jason’s Deli Catering
Open 24 Hours: No
One of my passions that I have become enthralled in is a prison ministry where we go into a prison once a week and actually read scripture, sing and give them … love. Because this is a maximum-security prison, and many of them are in there for a long time. Honestly, I probably get more out of it than they do. ~ Founder Joe Tortorice Jr. (source)
Customer Reviews of Jason’s Deli
Yelp: 3.75/5 or 75%, 615 reviews sampled
Tripadvisor: 4.20/5 or 84%, 830 reviews sampled
Overall Average: 3.98/5 or 80%, 1,445 reviews sampled
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Food & Nutrition
Menu: Jason’s Deli Menu
Kids Menu: Jason’s Deli Kids Menu
Secret Menu: No
Most Popular Menu Item: California Club
Coke or Pepsi: Coke
Does Jason’s Deli Serve Alcohol: No
Nutritional Information: Jason’s Deli Nutrition Guide
Vegetarian | Vegan Options: The restaurant has their own Vegetarian Menu. In addition, the following resources were found for vegetarian options.
“The vegan options at Jason’s include organic vegetable soup, a spinach veggie wrap (request no cheese), salsa, hummus, guacamole, and many options from the salad bar. Be sure to ask about the vegan status of each of these dishes—it varies by location.” (peta.org)
“This is a nice spot to pick up food for a trip or day at the park. Sandwiches and sides for all. Go for the spinach veggie wrap with no cheese or the Mediterranean wrap with no mods.” (insteading.com)
Farm to Table | Organic Options | Clean | Non-GMO:
Top 10 Best Restaurants for Clean Eating (cookinglight.com)
Miscellaneous Nutrition Resources:
What’s Healthy, What’s Not (foodbabe.com)
Allergen Information: Jason’s Deli Allergen Guide
Gluten Free Options: The chain has a gluten-sensitive menu and they also offer gluten-free bread as well. There are some additional external resources below.
Gluten-Free Menu (nogluten.io)
Success with Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets (qsrmagazine.com)
Dairy Free Options:
Jason’s Deli Dairy Free Options (godairyfree.org)
Restaurant Guide For Dairy-Free Dining (godairyfree.org)
Peanut Free Options: No resources found, but the following may be helpful to you.
Food Allergy Guides For Many Chain Restaurants (verywellhealth.com)
Ways to Eliminate Risks of Peanut Allergy When Dining Out (healthguidance.org)
Does Jason’s Deli Have Any Secret Recipes?
Creamy Liqueur Fruit Dipping Sauce (topsecretrecipes.com)
Creamy cheesy Broccoli Cheese Soup (centercutcook.com)
Chicken Salad (copykat.com)
Did You Know?
The company is primarily family owned which is unusual in the restaurant business.
They were one of the very first restaurant chains to eliminate MSG, High-fructose corn syrup, dyes, artificial colors and flavors (source)
Their restaurant is just as focused on customer service as it is food ingredients
The Secret of Jason’s. Don’t Tell Anyone (jasonsdeli.com)
What’s Driving Jasons Delis Success (fastcasual.com)
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In doing this site, I have had the privilege to research a lot of companies; few could live up to Jason’s Deli in regards to a combination of family-friendly and food. Some restaurants do one or the other well but not both, and some do neither well. They are the exception to the rule. Few restaurants do such an excellent job of catering to families, and yet when you arrive, you know that all the food served would be menu items you would gladly put on your kitchen table. In my research, I loved their passion and commitment to not only great ingredients but also their desire and commitment to customer service. Their kid’s menu has been rated tops in its class for a good reason, and there are plenty of reasons to bring your family here again and again.
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