Jesse and Lori Kasinger began Famous J’s in 2011. The restaurant was originally located on Walnut Street in Mt. Carmel. After being in business for approximately one year an opportunity presented itself for Famous J’s to move to a larger location. With business going well and a strong sense of faith, the Kasinger’s moved to their Market Street location in 2012.
Jesse was well on his way to fulfilling a lifelong dream he had since he was a small child. His mother recollects Jesse telling her at the age of 3 how he desired to own his very own restaurant someday. As Jesse got older, he began working in the restaurant business and while in college, met his wife, Lori. The couple was blessed with four amazing children Elizabeth, Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Josiah. During this time Jesse continued working in and out of the restaurant business for 20 years, leading up to birth of Famous J’s.
As the Kasinger’s entered in this business it was very important to them that they offer delicious, quality products to their customers while providing them with a friendly and hospitable atmosphere. We can certainly say they have done that! The Kasinger’s accredit a lot of the restaurant’s success to their wonderful team of employees. Jesse comments “Everybody here is like family, we have been blessed with great, friendly, and hardworking employees.”
Whatever your family is looking for there is a good chance the folks down at Famous J’s can help. With daily lunch specials, a “lighter-side” menu, a large variety of delicious ice cream treats, and a menu chalked full of sandwiches and sides. All of Jesse’s famous burgers are freshly patted to order and NEVER frozen. Don’t forget his unforgettable sides and appetizers. He also offers a great selection of specialty ¼ pound all beef hot dogs featuring flavors such as the Chicago Dog and the Hawaiian Dog.
Famous J’s is a great place to stop by all year round, however, make sure you keep them in mind after a long hot summer ball game, win or lose ice cream always tastes good! They are also experienced in catering your groups next ice cream social or large birthday party with an ice cream sundae bar guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face!
We encourage you to stop in soon and bring the family to experience the greatness of this local eatery
623 N Market Street
Mt. Carmel, IL 62863