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Photo by Lauren Moriarty
Jefferson's Jason Bush
Owner Jason Bush in his Hoover restaurant. (above) Jefferson’s Signature Flaky Wings and Peanut Butter Pie are popular with customers.
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Photo by Lauren Moriarty.
Jefferson’s Signature Flaky Wings are popular with customers.
Jason Bush always knew his Aunt Minny Lou’s pie was special. Few people had turned down a piece of the creamy peanut butter filling in a snappy chocolate crust. Much to the community’s delight, Bush realized the pie’s potential and decided to feature it on the menu at Jefferson’s Hoover.
While the cool pie is an ideal ending to a spicy plate of wings, Jefferson’s also caters to both families and the after-work crowd with a wide range of entrées, including several kid-friendly options.
Wings are a customer favorite, Bush said. The Signature Wings are tossed in “Turbo” hot sauce and fried so the sauce comes off as a dry rub. Frying the doused wings achieves mild flavor that customers of all ages enjoy, he said.
Jefferson’s also specializes in oysters and runs a Tuesday special selling them for 75 cents. Other menu specials include $5.99 burgers and fries on Mondays and $6.50 salads on Fridays.
In 1991, Bush’s fraternity brother Jeff Webb opened the first Jefferson’s across the street from Jacksonville State’s Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house. Years later, Bush capitalized on his love of good food and left his dad’s Fortune 500 software business to open a Jefferson’s franchise of his own. The original Jacksonville State location is still open, but today Jefferson’s has many locations throughout the Southeast.
In a nod to his local roots, Bush said he enjoys customizing his restaurant/franchise to suit Hoover’s tastes. Jefferson’s Hoover location sells pies from Calera company Southern Fried Pies, just a short drive from Hoover. The flaky desserts are popular with customers.
Bush also donates gift certificates to The University of Alabama to use as prizes during hockey game halftime festivities. The ice hockey team visited Jefferson’s in October to sign autographs.
Bush said he is grateful to Hoover for their support of his establishment over the past three years.
“Business has been good,” he said. “The community is great, and we look forward to serving them in the future.”