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A good neighborhood sub shop is a real gem. Modest but distinctive, Jenny’s Pizza and Sub has been a Charlestown staple since 1970. They have made their home at 320 Medford Street for the last 12 years.
“We all (the employees) grew up in Charlestown. I know my customers by name,” owner Joey Lacey said. “People have called looking for Margarita pizzas. We’re a pepperoni or cheese kind of place. We’re a jean and t-shirt kind of place.”
Jenny’s is a sponsor and supporter of multiple Charlestown youth organizations, listed on both their menus and their website:
Charlestown Against Drugs (CHAD)
Charlestown Girls CYO Softball
Charlestown Youth Basketball Program
Charlestown Youth Football & Cheering
Old Charlestown School Girls Association
Upon entering the small, intimate establishment with no sitting room, one places their order and cannot help but gaze up at a whiteboard over the grill with trivia questions:
- How long is the gestation period for dogs?
- Who was the spokesperson for the local department store Bradlees?
- What is the minimum age for a U.S. President?
- Vatican City has no military. Who provides the security?
But the trivia question most commonly asked to the staff is “Who is Jenny?” Lacey said that she was the wife of the first owner, some 42 years ago. “There have been three owners in the time that Jenny’s has been open,” Lacey said. “We kept the name because we want to keep it a fixture in town.”
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