Jonathan’s Bistro



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• Owner: Michele Van Allen
• Full address: 55 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, MA 01240
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• Opened: October 2006
• Type of food/restaurant: American
• Service hours: Lunch and Dinner, 7 days a week
• Restaurant size: 1,700 sq. ft.
• Front of house size: 1,400 sq. ft
• Back of house size: 300 sq. ft.
• No. of seats: 60
• No. of employees:  15 part-time; 0 fulltime
• Liquor license: Wine and beer only
• Lease



• This restaurant means more to this family than just a business. If they lose the restaurant, they will be shutting the doors to their son’s dream.
• There was $100,000 left in the bank after Jonathan’s passing but the bank took it all. Michele re-opened his restaurant with zero capital.  She owes $90,000 to the bank and has maxed out all of her credit cards. She is depending on the restaurant to turn around or she will be forced to close the doors of her son’s dream.
• This family is holding on to the one tangible thing they have left of Jonathan. Business has dwindled and Michele owes almost $100,000. If things don’t change, they will lose this restaurant.