Jack & Jake’s works to address the market failures that have resulted in the under-utilization of local farms and seafood producers in the southeastern U.S., an incredibly fertile region that is not adequately reaching the local marketplace. Simultaneously, Jack & Jake’s seeks to improve food safety and health outcomes by addressing food access challenges that contribute to the high level of obesity and diabetes that are prevalent throughout the region.

Regional Food Hub

Jack & Jake’s is now poised to secure its inaugural retail food hub location, a 27,000 square foot market and distribution point being developed by Alembic Community Development through a $14 million adaptive reuse of the historic former Myrtle Banks School building on Oretha C. Haley Boulevard in Central City, New Orleans.

The facility will be situated on a 65,000 square foot site within three blocks of St. Charles Avenue and the Central Business District, including close proximity to the interstate and public transportation.

Jack & Jake’s has programmed the space as a unique food market that builds upon New Orleans’ historic tradition of public markets and introduces affordable, fresh food to an underserved population and food desert in Central City. The market will emphasize fresh heirloom vegetables and other local produce, heritage breed meats, cheese, and fresh Gulf seafood. Healthy prepared foods based on New Orleans culture and cuisine are also a focal point where many ingredients are made from scratch inside the market. The market’s diverse local product offerings, in partnership with established vendors, will create a major food destination for local residents and visitors to New Orleans.