HALIFAX — Jane’s on the Common, a staple Halifax restaurant, is closing on New Year’s Eve, after nearly 10 years in business.“I wasn’t able to secure a new lease that made sense for us,” Jane Wright, owner, Jane’s on the Common said, explaining the reason behind the closure. “I considered a new location but questioned whether I had it in me to open another restaurant.”
Located on Robie Street, Jane’s has served more than half a million meals since it opened, attracting many loyal regulars. Launched in 2003, Jane’s has served a menu of comfort food, such as pan-seared scallops ($9), cornmeal-crusted sea trout ($20), scallop, lobster and haddock fish cakes ($15), and smoked salmon and potato latkes ($13).
As for Wright’s future, she isn’t leaving the business altogether. “I purchased a commercial building two years ago and opened Jane’s Catering and Events. I’m hoping it’ll sustain me in my golden years.” Meanwhile, her daughter plans to open a restaurant in front of the catering company soon.
The restaurant closure will be bittersweet for Wright who has been inundated with warm wishes. “I’m feeling pretty overwhelmed with the love that’s coming in my in-box today,” she said. “Sometimes, as a restaurateur, it seems we only get mail from customers who we’ve failed to wow.”