New restaurant planned for the former Wired Beans space in Mt. Airy

There’s a new restaurant coming to Mt. Airy and while many would call its selection Mexican cuisine, Jimmie Reed insists that it is Southwestern. Reed, who is opening the new restaurant, is also the co-owner of Little Jimmie’s Bakery Cafe at 6669 Germantown Ave.

He plans to sell burritos, quesadillas, and even desserts, all with a healthy spin on it. That may be the “Southwest” part of this. He says he will use only local and natural meat and vegetables. Reed says, in this city, there is an abundance of hoagie and Chinese restaurants, but adds that there should be more choices.

“I want to bring some more healthy [options] to the community,” he said.

The new restaurant will be called Poquito Jaimes Southwestern Cafe, and Reed is aiming to have it open by early September. It will be in the former Wired Beans Cafe space at 6734 Germantown Ave. Yes, Wired Beans abruptly closed last week. Calls to Wired Beans owner, Robert Wheeler, were not returned, but the closing follows last month’s opening of a Wired Beans Cafe in Germantown.

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What does Poquito Jaimes mean anyways?

Jimmie Reed says Poquito Jaimes means “little Jimmie” in Spanish.  So, Mt. Airy has a bakery called Little Jimmie’s and will soon have a restaurant named Little Jimmie’s – in Spanish. Also, you should know that there is no one actually called Little Jimmie. The name comes from the two owners of bakery – Jimmie Reed and his business partner Lora Little. 

Is this going to be like Chipotle?

The menu will be different, according to Reed, but it will have a similar “fast, casual” dining atmosphere. But much of his inspiration likely comes from Chipotle. Reed says he worked for Chipotle for seven years and has opened 36 Chipotle stores between New York and Washington, D.C. So, there could be elements that are Chipotle-like but unlike the Denver-based chain. He’s planning to offer coffee, tea and desserts. His desserts will be delivered from Little Jimmie’s Bakery.

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