Small Business Spotlight: Melly Mel’s owner prepares for permanent storefront 6 years after closing original restaurant

MADISON, Wis.– Carmell Jackson’s dreams came true a decade ago, when she opened her first restaurant off the Beltline. After five years, that business closed. But what some entrepreneurs may view as a failure, Jackson used as fuel.

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

Six years later, the local chef-turned-caterer is preparing for her comeback.

Jackson was one of five business owners selected for a permanent spot at the upcoming Madison Public Market as part of the ‘Market Ready’ program. She earned a $19,000 grant, too.

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“We’re going to make our hot food as well as heat-and-eat meals, so you can take it home and warm it up when you get home from work,” Jackson said, of her plans.

While the market won’t be open for another two years, Jackson’s catering company is keeping her busy.

“It’ll be such a blessing that people will be able to come and get my food at their leisure every single day.”

Click here to learn more about Melly Mel’s catering company.

And click here for more information on the upcoming Madison Public Market, its location, and the ‘Market Ready’ program.