A new restaurant in Nashville has opened its doors not just to customers, but also to employees who have criminal histories in order to get them back on their feet. Jefferson Street’s newest eatery, Kingdom Café & Grill, held its official Dedication & Ribbon Cutting on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 11 a.m.
The restaurant is an outreach ministry of Fairfield Missionary Baptist Church in Goodlettsville.
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry said, “Not only will Kingdom Café serve great food, but they will serve a higher calling with a mission to create opportunity and hope for men and women who are looking to make a better life for themselves and their family.”
“This is a ministry for us and we want to give people the opportunity for a second chance,” said Fairfield Baptist Church Rev. Howard Jones.
His church funded the cafe, along with a vision. The restaurant will hire anyone willing to be trained, regardless of pass records or mistakes.
This restaurant location, formerly Harper’s, is a mainstay on Jefferson Street. “We hope to continue the tradition the Harpers had for 22 years at this location. We owe them a great debt of gratitude and will of course recognize them at the ceremony,” said Rev. Howard E. Jones, Jr., Senior Pastor of Fairfield M. B. Church.
Special guests also included District Attorney General Glenn Funk, Council Lady-At-Large Sharon Hurt, Councilman for District 21 Ed Kindall and Tennessee Tribune Publisher Mrs. Rosetta Miller Perry and Sheriff Daron Hall.
The menu at the café will be a variety of vegetables, meats, fish, salads and desserts, served cafeteria style in the pleasant dining area. The grill section will focus on short-order items, ranging from health-conscious sandwiches to traditional fried fish sandwiches.
Kingdom Café and Grill is located on 2610 Jefferson St, Nashville, TN 37208 and open Monday through Saturday from 11AM to 10PM.