Jacksonians, businesspeople, cafe staff and local leaders filled Refill Cafe to capacity in celebration of the opening of the city's newest local eatery. After months of renovations, the cafe is finally open to serve the Jackson community sandwiches, soups and blue plates Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Today we sit down and chat with Jeff Good, president of Mangia Bene Restaurant Management Group and Emily Stanfield, CEO of The Refill Jackson Initiative. We’ll talk with them about the grand opening of their new restaurant Refill Café and all of the great work they are doing with The Refill Jackson Initiative.
In the early afternoon on a Friday, Jordan Butler sat outside at Cups in Fondren, sipping on a coffee after spending the day working out the kinks of a grant application for Refill Cafe, a nonprofit workforce development cafe that will occupy the space that once housed Koinonia Coffee House just west of downtown.
A house in West Jackson that has meant so much to so many, it has been a hopeful place in the community where any person from any walk of life can go and feel welcomed and comfortable. This house was once Koinonia Coffee House, a place that was started to help people and constantly facilitate a kind and loving environment. Now the house will be continuing that legacy with the help of Jeff Good and Jordan Butler.
Project Manager Jordan Butler is a 2004 Murrah High School graduate. She attended Sewanee and now has two master’s degrees in public service and public health. Sun Staff Writer Megan Phillips spoke with Butler about what Refill Café will have to offer young Jacksonians as they take their first steps into the professional and adult world.