Jake’s Places has been an important cultural center in Darien’s historically black Mentionville neighborhood for decades. Built by Army veteran Jake Mention and his brother Carl, along with Parker Theis, Oren Porter, and Frank Mann. It was a once a stop on the Chitlin’ Circuit and legends like Percy Sledge, The Temptations, Pigmeat Markham, The Main Ingredient, Junior Walker, and Jackie Wilson all played here. The Todd Grant High School also held their proms here for many years.
As of early 2021, this structure has been razed.