Jeff Good, Mangia Bene Management Group

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Jeff Good is no stranger to the Best Urban Warrior category, as he has for won several years running. He has always maintained that he is serious about Jackson as a city, and he applies his mantra, “There is no them; there’s only us. … Them is we,” not only to his quest to see change in the Jackson, but in one that he instills in his own children as well.

“I tell my children that if they want to see a change, it is up to them to make it happen, not to wait for others,” he says.

This advice has served him well, as he has helped launch some of Jackson’s most popular restaurants including Sal & Mookies New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint, Broad Street Baking Company and BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar. He also cofounded and is a managing partner of Soul City Hospitality, a social business enterprise focused on developing Mississippi’s local food economy with projects like the Up in Farms Food Hub.

Good believes that “Jackson is small enough to work together for change and progress but large enough to make an impact,” he says. —Shameka Hamilton-Knight


WINNER: 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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