Port Clinton brain gain: the Kleinhans family Featured

Donald, Latoya and Jamie Kleinhans outside of their new business endeavor, PJ’s Grille & Bar.

Jamie Kleinhans, who went through the Port Clinton school system, moved out on his own at the age of 16 and earned his GED in 1996. Now, with the help of his wife, Latoya, a 1995 Port Clinton graduate, and his brother, Donald, who graduated from Oak Harbor in 1998, he is running Papa Jimmie’s and as of May 5, PJ’s Grille and Bar.

Jamie spent some time in the Dayton area after school as head chef of an organization that gave meals to intercity families. There were 23 locations in the operation. Six years ago, Jamie came back to Port Clinton to take care of his grandmother. Soon after, he started the Port Clinton Papa Jimmie’s.

Papa Jimmie’s started inside of Slater’s Madison Street Pub and was home there for two years. Moving out on their own, now Papa Jimmie’s is located at 115 Madison Street and has been for three years.

“I make a commitment to my family and my kids,” said Jamie. “I want to make sure they get to do what I never got to.”

The Kleinhans volunteer at the Harvest Festival and have helped out with the Braves football team for five years. Their restaurant has also been host to many school sports and classroom activities.

After successfully running Papa Jimmie’s, the Kleinhans family has taken on another business, PJ’s Grille & Bar, located next to the Jet Express dock where Traveler’s Restaurant sat for years.

“When you see a gold mine, you don’t want to pass it up,” Jamie said of the location of PJ’s.

With the addition of PJ’s, Jamie brought on his brother, Donald, to be the general manager of Papa Jimmie’s and PJ’s Grille and Bar.

“Port Clinton’s finally growing. I am going to strive to make my life better and my worker’s lives better and that, in turn, makes the community better,” said Jamie.

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