JV's Downtown: Smoked meats star at historic Waterloo bar and grill

Nov 11, 2007 | Posted by: Belleville News-Democrat | Full story: Belleville News-Democrat

“We looked at it and he said, 'Whatever you want me to sign, I'll sign.'”

Jeff Vogt turned an old brewhouse into a smokehouse with his JV's Downtown Bar and Grill in downtown Waterloo.

Space that once housed brewing equipment is now home to a smoker which can handle 300 pounds of chicken, pork ribs and beef brisket.

'One year I had Schneider's (meat market) keep track of how much pork I bought. I bought 3 1/2 tons,' said Jeff, 50, his white apron stained with barbecue sauce.

He bought the former John's Bar in 1985 from the Pottoff family. Built in 1865, the three-story building once housed the Schorr Brewery. Read more

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zSb

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Nov 16, 2007
 
JV's has great food at a good price. He doesn't always have the best personality but he runs a great resteraunt.
I LIKE FOOD

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Nov 16, 2007
 
JV's meat is good and so is the service but I wish he could spruce up the salad. I like a "good salad" and there aren't many places in Waterloo that serve them. I can pour salad out of a bag at home.......I don't want that when I go out to eat. Applebee's has a couple of good salads on their menu.
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Waterloo, IL

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Nov 16, 2007
 
I love food. Me and big red will have to try one of everything at JV's. Where have you been Dick Jones. Dick Jones rules!
catalin of st louis

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Apr 8, 2008
 
jv's has a great spinach salad and is always willing to crisp the bacon for you
Sara

Andover, MA

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Apr 9, 2008
 
Where is this place? I was to try it.

Since: Jul 08

Waterloo, IL

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Jul 18, 2008
 
zSb wrote:
JV's has great food at a good price. He doesn't always have the best personality but he runs a great resteraunt.
I think he's got a great personality!
Darla

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Nov 10, 2012
 
And good food . But not impressed w young guy behind the bar.
disappointed

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Nov 11, 2012
 
It has been awhile since ive be to JVs but wasnt impressed, seemed overpriced for small portions . Im willing to give it another try and will tell my concerns to Jeff
buckle

Waterloo, IL

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Nov 11, 2012
 
"concerns" What a dope!
whataloo

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buckle wrote:
"concerns" What a dope!
Buckle , what a jerk off
i am serious

Waterloo, IL

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Nov 12, 2012
 
Darla wrote:
And good food . But not impressed w young guy behind the bar.
what is his name?
Shucky dern

Columbia, IL

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I think Jeff and Denise STINK personality wise... but you can't beat the meat...

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