Jeff Good, Mangia Bene Management Group

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Although Jeff Good may count 25 years in the restaurant business, he hadn’t envisioned that career path as a possibility at the outset. He originally worked for a computer company here in Jackson, but when AT&T bought the company in 1991 and his branch closed, Good found himself unemployed, although hopeful that some other opportunity may present itself.

He already had ideas about opening a restaurant and decided to pursue the dream after a conversation with his high-school friend Dan Blumenthal, who had moved to California to work as a chef. “We lacked experience and money. We worked on a business plan for two years and figured out a way to attract private investment by hosting private dinner parties at my house and showcasing different foods,” Good says. “We eventually secured $10,000 each from a select group of people and, in 1994, were able to open our first restaurant, Bravo!”

Good and Blumenthal, of course, did not stop there, subsequently creating and founding Broad Street Baking Company in 1999 and Sal and Mookie’s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Shop in 2008. All his restaurants are created with purpose for not only culinary delight, but community connectivity as well. “I want good food and good experiences here in the capital city,” Good says.

His newest project is the nonprofit Refill Cafe, located in the building that once housed Koinonia Coffee. “This is a workforce training program for people who are looking for a fresh start,” Good says, upbeat as usual. — Mike McDonald


WINNER: Best Local Business Owner; Best Urban Warrior

Address: Mangia Bene Restaurant Management Group, 3317 N. State St. Jackson, MS 39216

Phone number: 601-982-4443


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