Southern Kitchen & Bar
A. K JONES- CO OWNER
A K Jones is a Food Industry Professional with expertise at the department head level, regional, and consultant in the foodservice operations, dining, and medical nutritional care areas. In the past 23 plus years, he has worked in the department operations, nutrition, compliance, and development within the restaurant, life plan, child daycare/education, and community outreach sectors. He has managed volumes at 30 million and 250 employees throughout the area. While having project management in scopes above 8 million.
His work and volunteer services have had an impact on several Organizations. Mr. Jones holds a Dietary Management certificate, afterward being certified by the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals formerly the Dietary Manager's Association. He has a post-secondary bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management and is a graduate in Healthcare Administration. He is certified food protection professional with a ServSafe certification by the National Restaurant Association. In addition to this, he has credentials and registration to instruct and proctor the Manager and Alcohol exams for students to sit for the national ServSafe certification. He is currently working towards his Food and Beverage Executive certification. Mr. Jones is the recipient of numerous awards and achievements in his areas of expertise. He is the past Ohio Chapter President for the Association of Nutrition and Food Professionals. While being an active member of the National Restaurant Association, Association of Food and Beverage Executives, and Association of Healthcare Food Professionals.
He is a member of the Columbus Public Health department food protection advisory committee (FPAC) where have been invited to speak at state-level Ohio Food Code amendments. He is the past Chairman of the Food Service Administrator's Advisory Committee for a large Group Purchasing Organization based in Michigan. and why you launched your restaurant.
ASIA & ALFRED JORDAN- CO OWNERS
Alfred & Asia Jordan started their career off in the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) area within the family-owned restaurant Popeye's Chicken. The Jordan group flagship was the first Popeye's QSR in the Columbus area where it grew to several locations. This enabled Alfred to become a partner and grow from the GM of the Northern Lights restaurant to the RGM for four locations Within those 20 years of work, they were able to grow the locations financially and operationally. They were able to keep a great team and make great food so that the business became well known. They kept their heads straightforward. One thing Alfred always asked was would I eat this. If not then we as a team need to try again. After moving from the QRS due to the death of several stakeholders and the sale of the business Asia & Alfred decided to become their Owners.
In light of all this, they've created their daycare and learning center Children’s R Us which has two thriving locations in the Columbus area. The success of these locations goes hand and hand with building trust with the community the locations serve while being a haven for learning of the children that reside in the areas. This is how Alfred and Asia rate the success of ten years and growing of his Daycare and Education centers.