Jonesy’s Restaurant — a landmark at Napa County Airport — closed Monday night.
Owner Nancy Otton said Tuesday that she and her husband, Terry, are considering reopening in a couple of months — possibly as a bar and grill restaurant.
Hugh J. Jones Sr. started the restaurant 53 years ago.
Jonesy’s was operated for nearly 35 years by father and son Bill and Jack Tuthill.
On Oct. 31, 2009, the Tuthills sold the restaurant to the Ottons.
“The people just weren’t coming out,” said Nancy Otton.
Jack Tuthill was surprised at hearing the news. “Wow. I had not heard anything about the restaurant closing. In my mind, the restaurant is still an institution.”
Jack Tuthill said he and his dad, Bill, decided to sell to the restaurant to the Ottons as his father grew older. Bill Tuthill turns 89 in December, according to his son.
“The Ottons are very hard workers. They are good people. They were trying to make it work,” Jack Tuthill said. “I hope this is a temporary thing. I hope they give it another go.”
After the Ottons bought Jonesy’s, they remodeled the restaurant.
In June, Japan Airlines (JAL) announced that it would cease operations at Napa County Airport at the end of the August.