A longtime closed restaurant with scenic views of Lake Hallie finally reopened, thanks to new owners and a goal to create new connections in the Chippewa Falls community.
River Jams opened on July 1, offering the community a unique signature cocktail menu (including historic names, such as the drinks from their summer menu including the Blue Mills Spritzer, the Jungle Bird, Halliewood, River Thyme, and Two Waters) and locally sourced and no-fried ahi poke, fish tacos, waygu sliders, and various bruschetta boards.
The new restaurant – located at an over 100-year-old property where former bar Two Waters was once located – integrates the Carruth and Scott families’ love for fresh food and catchy tunes, as well as their love for the Chippewa Falls community. Thus, the name ‘River Jams,” with “JAMS” also being an acronym for the owners’ names: Jeannine Carruth, Aaron Scott, Mick Carruth, and Sara Scott.
After passing by the closed eatery for years, the two families decided something had to go there, and they decided they wanted to run a family-first restaurant, which invites people of all ages to stop by, listen to local musicians, and enjoy their “no crap on tap” menu. “People can come by bikes or walk, and they can come and hang out with their dog and watch a band,” Mick Carruth said.
As they renovated the aging building, they found a number of unique treasures, including the original maple flooring under five layers of other flooring, the original ceiling, and the original bar, which contains a tag from the Eau Claire Phoenix Company, which manufactured metals in downtown Eau Claire until its closure in the 1920s.
They hope to bring a new unique restaurant option to the Chippewa Valley food scene.
“Some of the funnest times I’ve had is just talking to the people in the community and then finding these connections, how we know this person, or that person knows this person,” Aaron Scott said. “Here I’ll find kids I haven’t seen in forever, or families. It’s just awesome. Connecting with the community and the neighbors is really important to us and they can feel that here.”