The reopening of Jean's Restaurant has brought an old staple back to Meridian, and with the new location comes a new focus on shopping local.
“We’re using as much local as we can get, our beef comes from Ryes Farms which is in Lena, Mississippi our rice comes from the delta: Too Brooks Farm. We’ve got Tomatoes that are coming in from Jackson, we’ve got lettuce from around the state and we’re trying to really bring a farm to table approach to the restaurant," said Elic Purvis, Jean's manager.
Customers appreciate the local restaurant for investing its dollars back into the community.
“Being a daughter of a retired dairy farmer, I can tell you how important it is for people to support local, and I can also tell you how good it is that your having local home grown, home produced ingredients not only does it make it taste a lot better but you’re also supporting the community," said Betty Oltremari.
Purvis hopes the restaurant will continue its legacy of southern hospitality.
“This is an entity that has been around for sixty plus years, it’s a staple in the community and it’s been the classic meet and greet for as long as it’s been aroundIt’s just something that Meridian just loved for years.” said Elic Purvis, Jean's manager.