Jumbars was established in November 2003 by Chef Paul Hoffert and his wife Mary. Chef Paul graduated from the New England Culinary Institute in 1988 and continued to live and work in Montepelier, Vermont until 1996, when they moved back home to the Lehigh Valley. They opened the café to provide a venue for fresh, hand-crafted cuisine, good conversation, and a sense of community. Even after Mary’s passing in 2008, the Hoffert family continues the Jumbars legacy by providing first class food and atmosphere to the Lehigh Valley.
Why the Name?
Jumbars was named after Mary’s great grandmother, Anna Jumbar. Anna immigrated to the United States, alone and in her teens, in 1876. She settled in Lansford, Pennsylvania. Unable to find work, she convinced the coal company to let her live in a box car that was broken down beyond repair. She installed a coal stove and set up long tables to feed the coal miners. Later on, she met her husband, Stephen, and the two of them became pioneers, helping other immigrants in the area find housing and employment.
We do not take reservations or call aheads. Parties are seated on a first come, first served basis. Average wait time for a table on a Saturday or Sunday is 10-30 minutes for smaller parties of 2-4 people.
Take out is available Tuesday through Saturday only.
Groups larger than six will be seated at separate tables. Due to the size of our kitchen and dining room we can not accommodate parties larger than six at one table, but would be happy to seat you in smaller groups.
18% gratuity may be added to your check for parties larger than six.
We are proud to serve fine crafted food made from local ingredients whenever possible. Everything, from desserts to breads, is prepared from scratch on the premises by Chef/Owner, Paul Hoffert. We’ve created a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere so you can sit back and enjoy conversation, the daily papers made available to our diners, or a good book. Enjoying one of our signature homemade baked goods is also a welcome indulgence while you wait for your meal!
Because the Chef makes everything to order, wait times can span up to 30 minutes after placing the order. We encourage our patrons to relax, enjoy the atmosphere and/or catch up over a pre-meal baked good. If you are in a time crunch, it may be best to save a Jumbars trip for another day so you can fully savor the experience.