A Unique Dining Experience - JG's Pub

Last Updated on Apr 24, 2015 at 2:36pm | Tourism & Recreation

A Unique Dining Experience is a regular feature of The Republican newspaper and is being reprinted here in its entirety with permission. This article originally appeared in the April 23, 2015 issue.
A locally owned and operated neighborhood eatery and watering hole, JG's Pub at Deep Creek Lake offers a variety of favorite comfort foods, including the ever-popular cheese steak subs, Maryland crab cakes, and wings. With great portions and fresh produce, JG's lists daily homemade specials for affordable prices.
Some of the regular dishes offered (in addition to the above-mentioned favorites) are baby back ribs, New York strip steak, shrimp creole, stuffed peppers, and beer can chicken. Homemade soups, such as Maryland vegetable crab, shrimp bisque, and loaded baked potato, are often on the menu. It is also the home of the "almost famous" Freddie Juice.
"Their cheesesteakis are to die for, and the crab soup tastes like I am at the shore," said a pleased customer. "Steaks are tender and juicy, and the wings are hot and crispy. In short, you can't go wrong here."
JG's Pub is full of Deep Creek Lake memorabilia from past and current businesses, including Bill's Marine Service, Johnny's Boat House, McClive's, Red Run, and Deep Creek Lodge. The old boot bench from Rudy's ski shop is also a popular piece. Entertainment is provided by four televisions, an Internet jukebox, a pool table, and Keno.
Established in 1988 by John Ambrose and Glen Lyons, the business is currently operated by John's daughter Kate and husband Fred Collins. The facility not only provides a relaxing atmosphere for a casual dinner, but is also used as a venue for multiple community fundraisers, private parties, receptions, birthdays, memorials, and showers. Catering services are also available.
"The owners, Kate and Fred, are part of the experience and make sure you have a good time," said a customer.
Fred, Kate, and JG's staff are significant supporters of many local charities, with their biggest events benefiting the Dove Center and Garrett County's fire and rescue squads. Fred is a life member of the Deer Park Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as chief for 13 years.
Over $10,000 has been raised for the Dove Center, Oakland, through the annual "Doug for Dove" event at which Doug McClive, former owner of McClive's restaurant, serves as guest chef for a fine dining experience. All proceeds benefit the domestic violence shelter.
The bar has its own traditional events, including its Ho-Ho-Ho Holiday Party. Organizations including Origami Owl, Taboo, Silpada, Apiori, Younguie 3D Fiber Lashes, Beauty Control, Avon, Jamberry Nails, Grandma Mel's Creations, Pink Zebra, etc., were represented at this year's event, and wine tasting was made available by The Country Vintner.
A German Oktoberfest has also been held at the establishment for the past three years, and Rodeheaver & Associates (now The Rodeheaver Group) has held its annual tax party there since 2002.
"Kate and Fred are just great hosts," said Randy Rodeheaver, Rodeheaver & Associates. "Not only do they have the best crab cakes around, but they always provide us with an incredible spread of food that is always enjoyed."
A JG's Deep Creek Dunk team was organized this year for the annual Special Olympics event, for which they raised approximately $5,000. The restaurant was also designated the spot for the "Unofficial After-Dunk Party."  For a $20 charge at the door, guests enjoyed an all-you-can-eat buffet, DJ/karaoke, door prizes, and a variety of raffles, with all proceeds donated to Maryland Special Olympics.
Some of the other non-profits supported by JG's Pub are Cindy's Fund, Hospice, Samatha Funding the Arts, House of Hope, Wounded Warriors, and HART for Animals/PAWS. There will be a PAWS fundraiser held on Tuesday, May 5, at the bar. Railey Realty and Taylor-Made will provide guest bartenders for the evening.
Whether you're looking for a home-cooked meal, a drink, or simply a place to celebrate, "JG's is a place for awesome food and good fun."
The restaurant is located at 18553 Garrett Highway/Route 219. For more information, persons may call (301) 387-6369. Specials are updated daily on JG's Facebook page.