Jack’s Original Barbecue, the iconic east side restaurant that was among Tucson’s longest-running businesses before closing last August, is back.

Retired military couple James and Sylvia Williams will reopen Jack’s on April 6, resurrecting founder Jack Banks' original recipes and adding cornbread and collard greens to the menu.

“There’s no doubt in my mind it’s going to be a success,” said James Williams, whose military career revolved around dining and whose post-military career has included owning and running a Southern-style barbecue restaurant in Virginia.

“When you come in there it’s going to taste like you’re at your grandmother’s house,” he said.

Jack’s, 5250 E. 22nd St., will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily beginning April 6.

 Published: March 22, 2013