In the early 20th century, Jean’s Beans was started by a French chef named Jean, who peddled his famous baked beans on the streets of Syracuse, NY.
From these humble beginnings, Frank Childs and J. Richard Childs created Jean’s Beans Co. and Jean’s Foods. At one time, J. Richard owned the Syracuse retail store and the potato chip plant. He also started several Jean’s Beans stores for promising employees like Neil Fuller, Sr., the originator of the Watertown and Elmira Jean’s Beans. Neil Fuller also opened stores in Carthage and Ogdensburg.
Today, there is just one Jean’s Beans left. It is located at its original location of 259 Eastern Boulevard in Watertown by Neil and Hilda Fullers’ daughter, Jane Fuller-Bowman, her husband Don and their children, Mark and Heather.