New York’s Uncle Jack's Steakhouse has begun an ambitious, nationwide expansion program and revealed a Las Vegas location is "coming soon." Created by Willie Degel in 1996, the brand has grown to three New York outposts, a spin-off Jack’s Shack Organic Eatery and a franchise concept, Uncle Jack's Steak Sandwich Shoppe.
Degel is best known to Las Vegas audiences as the host of the Food Network’s Restaurant Stakeout reality TV show, where Degel used undercover cameras to spy on struggling restaurants, then help turn them around. Between 2012 and 2014, his critical eye was trained on seven local sites, including Firefly, Osaka's Japanese Cuisine and Sonrisa Grill.
In 2014, Degel began prep work for a Las Vegas move, incorporating a local business to handle future Jack’s Shack franchises.
Self-described as an "upscale high volume steak house," where "superior quality and obsessive dedication to craft are the norm," Uncle Jack's serves steaks "aged between 28-35 days." Also headed to Chicago and Miami "soon," the company has yet to confirm its exact Las Vegas future home.