Jared Padalecki -- "Sam Winchester"
Supernatural’s Jared Padalecki is part owner of a business in Austin, Tex., called San Jac Saloon; Jacks is a separate bar located upstairs, that’s “known for high end libations, artisanal cocktails, and live acoustic performances from local country artists.” San Jac carries a large variety of Texas draft beer on tap and a wide selection of fine whiskeys. Corporate event bookings are also available. (www.sanjacsaloon.com/events).
Carol: Tell us about how San Jac came to be.
Jared: Growing up in San Antonio, I would often spend weekends and free time in Austin. I have several friends who went to UT, and I was actually headed to UT myself until I booked Gilmore Girls. I’ve had a lot of great times on 6th street, and a few friends and I always dreamed about opening a bar in the area where we would often end up. San Jac Saloon is on the corner of 6th street and San Jacinto Blvd (hence the name), and is an awesome place to start the night, or end the night, a great place to see some fantastic live music or even watch sports and lay low. It has it all.
Carol: What sets San Jac apart from other restaurants/bars?
Jared: What sets San Jac Saloon (and Jacks, upstairs) apart is our commitment to authenticity and fun. My co-owners and I all have careers OUTSIDE of the bar/restaurant space, so we have never approached this endeavor as the way we need to make money. It’s been more of a “hey, where would I like to go hangout?” Often times, we’ll make long term choices to make the space better, even when it might cost us financially.
Carol: What does the future hold for San Jac?
Jared: I’m not real sure about what the future holds. But I AM sure that we will do whatever is necessary to make sure that people who walk through the door have a great time and enjoy their days and nights.
Carol: Why should visitors and residents of Austin visit San Jac?
Jared: San Jac is unlike any other spot in Austin. That’s one of the reasons we took over that space on San Jacinto and 6th and set out to ENTIRELY recreate the vibe. We spent several months ripping out the existing space and making it what it is today, and I couldn’t be more happy with the outcome.
Carol: What's your favourite menu item at San Jac?
Jared: My favorite menu item depends on the night and the situation and the company I’m with. If it’s a Longhorn game and I’m there to watch it, I’ll usually go with a beer on draft. If I’m about to head to Eddie V’s a block south of us (and one of my favorite spots), I might go ahead and order a Manhattan or old-fashioned and nurse it while enjoying the atmosphere and the live music. And, if it’s just “one of those nights”, I’ll usually head upstairs to Jack’s and have some of the Single Barrel Jack Daniels that was hand-picked and specifically made for us. Come on in some time and I may just be your bartender (yes, I have my bartenders license 😁).
Carol: What do you enjoy most about being a partner?
Jared: What I personally enjoy most about being a partner is the commitment we all have to making San Jac Saloon and Jack’s the BEST places possible. Since we’re all career people outside of the bar industry, we are able to forego the need to make money first, and instead focus on enhancing ours and our patrons experience.
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Jared Padalecki interview comments
"I finally got around to reading the interview & I really enjoyed it. Having the focus on Jared's "hobby job" was refreshing. I liked the tidbits about what he enjoys & learning he has a bar tenders license. How cool is that! Great job & thanks for the informative interview." ~ DarklyCheerful
"I love Jared's compassion in this interview ❤️" ~ Miss Horizon
"Wow!!! I love the insight! This is so cool!!" ~ Chantrelle Chase
"This makes me wish I lived close enough to visit. :) It also makes me happy to hear about a part of Jared's life that makes HIM happy, something he loves doing. Maybe someday I'll get down there! Thanks for doing this. :)" ~ Janne
"Hey, Carol! Amazing interview! I like the fact you focused your questions outside SPN, giving Jared the opportunity to talk about something he's passionate about. And that passion, I can see in his answers...well done! As a fellow journalist, SPN fan and as a person who admires Jared for who he is and what he does, your interview was professional and on point! Thank you so much for this!" ~ Mika Araujo Silva
"What I enjoyed most about this interview is that it veered away from the usual SPNfocused format and was centered on Jared and his life and creativity outside of the entertainment. I dont drink, but I'd love to visit San Jac, if for no other reason than the atmosphere of relaxed fun and the community spirit that seems to be such a huge part of anything even remotely related to Jared Padalecki. Thanks for a completely enjoyable interview, Carol. Jared revealed so much more of his own personality in this!"
~ Doris Helmick
" Cool interview! I've been to San Jac's for my meet-up well should say Jack's room bc it was insane downstairs. It's a really cool place to go hang out! the singer that night was Will Southern he's a really nice guy and can sing the majority of Jensen's songs. I'd highly recommend going to San Jac's and Jack's room! This will sound insane but it really feels like home when you walk in there bc the insanity of 6th St can be overwhelming so having San Jac's is a comfort (if that makes any sense)" ~ Sax Sasuke
"What a good insight into an often overlooked part of Jared's life. San Jac sounds like a warm and fun place to spend an evening. Although not a country music fan myself (although I married one for sure lol), if the husbeast and I ever make it down to Austin we'll be sure to check it out. Wonderful interview, Carol. Thanks, and looking forward to reading more of your articles." ~ Hex Parker
"Place does sound amazing. And it sounds like the sort of long term business plan that uses the advantage they have that many new business owners don't, of outside income, to not have to cut corners and really make the kind of place they love, and their customers love. So, that, if they ever get to the point where this does become their 'day job', they have already built a big, reliable customer base that comes knowing they'll be guaranteed a great time, in a warm, welcoming place. If I ever get to Austin, I'll be sure to make a point to stop by." ~ Karen Brown
"This interview is really great. I enjoy reading it. I'll definitely check this place when I visit Austin. And it should be "happier", Jared, not "more happy". From one gramnar nazi, to another." ~ Stephanie
"I had the pleasure of visiting San Jac and Jack's while on a trip to Austin back in April of this year. We went late Friday afternoon and Brian, the bartender at that time of day, was a delight and since it was slow clientele-wise, he spent some time chatting with us and even showed us inventory so we could select our San Jac purchases to take home. That was the night that Chris Ray was the live entertainment and he was wonderful to listen to. We finished our stay there by making it back there one more time on a Monday. Curtis was the bartender then and again he was a delight to chat with and get some more insight on San Jac. 6th Street has everything and a must stop if you ever make it there." ~ Susan Ladigo
"*heart eyes* Thank you for the interview! It’s lovely and well written. I can’t wait to read more." ~ Amanda Sweeden
"Wow, Carol, this is awesome. Thank you so much for getting this lovely insight into this, clearly really important, part of Jared's life. I so desperately want to go to Austin now!" ~ Susan Randall