Local soul food restaurant to move to Middletown city center
“When the opportunity presents itself, you have to open the door,” Thomason said. “Middletown is the place to be. I am humbled and grateful that the city has been so helpful.
Thomason will be renting the bar and grill section of Murphy’s Landing and will be available for catering services for the event center.
“This is what I have been waiting for a long time,” said Thomason. “We are looking forward to growing our business and working with the economic development department. “
Thomason said she initially opened a restaurant on Yankee Road. She left this space in May 2019 due to construction issues. In September 2019, she and a friend opened Fresh Café in Monroe until it closed in 2020. In March 2020, she moved to the Pendleton space.
“I think it’s awesome,” Thomason said. “We worked during the pandemic.”
She said the family business will grow and hopes to hire more servers and workers in other roles. Initially, she said the company would continue to offer take-out and delivery service through GrubHub and DoorDash before moving to a sit-down restaurant as COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed.
According to Chris Xeil Lyons, the city’s director of economic development, the deal says Thomason is to stay in business in Middletown for at least two years. If the business closes, ownership of the purchased equipment will revert to the City of Middletown.
“This is a great project to support a business owned by women and minorities,” Lyons said. “She gets a lot of follow on social media and brings many visitors to downtown Middletown.”
Thomason told city officials she also plans to work with Butler Tech and Middletown City Schools to work with students and enable them to earn Safe Serve credits and certification by learning and volunteering at her restaurant. .
“I’m excited for what the future is going to be,” Thomason said. “It’s wonderful there and we’re going to bring a lot of people to Middletown.