Melly Mel owner gears up for permanent storefront 6 years after original restaurant closed



MADISON, Wisconsin – Carmell Jackson’s dreams came true ten years ago, when she opened her first restaurant next to the Beltline. After five years, this business closed. But what some entrepreneurs may see as a failure, Jackson has used as fuel.

“Once we got the restaurant and it closed it was devastating for some people. Me included, ”Jackson said.

Six years later, the local chef who has become a caterer is preparing her return.

Jackson was one of five business owners selected for a permanent position at the upcoming Madison Public Market as part of the “Market Ready” program. She also received a grant of $ 19,000.

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“We’re going to be making our hot meals as well as some reheat and eat meals, so you can bring them home and reheat them when you get home from work,” Jackson said of his plans.

While the market won’t be open for two years, Jackson’s catering company is occupying it.

“It will be such a blessing that people can come and get my food as they please every day.”

Click here to learn more about Melly Mel’s restaurant business.

And click here for more information on Madison’s upcoming public market, its location, and the “Market Ready” program.


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