Owner recovering, plans to reopen South Deerfield restaurant

  • Jerry’s Place in S. Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo

  • Jerry's Place in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo—Andy Castillo

For the Bulletin
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Jerry’s Place is not permanently closed, even though the lights have been off for more than a month.

A post on the popular restaurant’s Facebook page lets the public know that Jerry Dagrosa, the restaurant’s owner, is sick, recovering and planning to return as soon as he can.

“I’m doing better, but won’t find out much more till the 21st,” he said last week. “I miss the place, and I miss the customers. Outside of my family, that’s my life. I’m dying to get back.”

He added that he hopes to reopen within the next month, in October at the latest.

Pat Dagrosa, Jerry Dagrosa’s wife, said her husband became sick, had an infection and had to undergo surgery to remove a vein in his right leg.

Since then, she said, her husband has been recovering at home, adding that without him, they could not keep the breakfast and lunch spot open because it’s such a small operation.

“We have heard a few rumors that we are permanently closed,” Pat Dagrosa said Monday. “This makes us a little sad, but we felt incapable of getting information out to dispel these stories.”

One recent update on the restaurant’s Facebook page thanked customers for the support the family has received and related that “things continue to move in a healing direction here at home. Jerry is feeling better and stronger each day. He is lifted up and encouraged by the cards, calls and visits you are providing.”

As far as how the family business has been affected, Pat Dagrosa said they’re doing OK because they “saved for such a rainy day.”