We are proud of our history
Hello and welcome to everyone’s favorite downtown spot! Here at Skinny J’s our mission is to make your dining experience the most memorable one ever. We pride ourselves in using the freshest ingredients in making the majority of our food in house and providing you with the friendliest service. Our steaks, Voted Best Steak in Region 8, will have your mouth watering from the moment you step in the restaurant!
Our casual rustic atmosphere will suit anyone’s style while the fine dining menu options will cater to that fine dining experience that everyone craves. Skinny J’s is a great place to bring your family or stay late for the vibrant night life. Our nightly live music appeals to all ages with acts that perform a wide variety of music genres. So if you’re thinking about dining out tonight come on down to Skinny J’s where you will be delighted with great food, friendly faces, and good times!
Skinny J’s was started in 2009 in a tiny little spot outside of Jonesboro called Cash, AR. After returning home from Culinary School, Chef James Best had a vision to provide great food to the people of Jonesboro and all the surrounding areas. The doors first opened on October 4, 2009 and it was a smash hit! Skinny J’s had a packed house every weekend night with people lining up out the door.
Customers drove from all over to sink their mouths into specialties like hand-cut certified angus beef ribeyes, seared scallops, fresh ahi tuna, and homemade pastas. With the popularity of the restaurant and the revitalization of downtown Jonesboro, Chef James Best decided to move his vision to Main Street and become a private club. The Cash, AR restaurant shut its doors in October of 2010 with the anticipation of the new location which opened on December 11, 2010. Vikki McGee and Sonny Campbell were the first act to perform at the downtown Skinny J’s location and have played every Thursday night since. As a new and upcoming restaurant Skinny J’s looks forward to a lifetime of providing Jonesboro and its residents with a great place to dine!
James Best was born and raised in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He is a graduate of Jonesboro High School class of 2004. As a child he had a dream of becoming a chef. His Christmas list would often include items such as grilling utensils and a Big Green Egg. In 2007 his dream came true as he entered the doors of Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, NC to pursue a degree in culinary arts. Upon completion of his degree in 2009 he returned home to open his first restaurant at the age of 23. Three years later he is still enjoying his career with his second restaurant having been opened. He has plans to open other restaurants in the future. James and his wife, Emily, live in Jonesboro, AR with their French Bulldog Abner.
117 N. Pruett Street Paragould, Arkansas 72450
Monday - Saturday 11:00am - 12:00am (Midnight)
Reservations can be made for Parties of 6 or More Monday-Thursday
Please call us at (870) 236-2390 to check availability