The restaurant’s name harkens back to nautical lore and was an 18th century short-hand term for the naval store clerk. “Jack” referred to the additional national flags flown at the bow of a ship and later became a general term for sailor (Cracker Jack). “Dusty” comes from “Jack of the Dust” who was once the Purser’s steward working in the bread room, handling the flour. The Jack Dusty, under the “Purser” was responsible for doling out the daily lot of rum, or “grog” to sailors on board ship. In later years, the Jack Dusty was assigned the task of meticulously maintaining the inventory of the ship’s rum and food stores. Today, Jack Dusty is a symbol of camaraderie and community; festively gathering together to enjoy a good meal and drink.
Once we walked into the venue we knew it was going to be a good night! A great DJ pumped fantastic tunes, servers were everywhere with drinks and hor’dersves! We were even given the chance for a scavenger hunt using the Ritz Carlton app and visiting people who worked with the restaurant inside – genius idea! That was my first project, so that I could enjoy the party without homework simultaneously! 😉