JACKSON, MI — It’s not often you walk into a party store and encounter a trained chef working in the kitchen.
But that is exactly what you have in Jacob Shepard and Cheffun’s Food Factory. Shepard opened the business in the back of Home Town Convenience Store in October after working as a chef at Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor, and with a catering business. He has lived in Jackson his whole life.
“I call it Cheffun’s Food Factory because I am a chef and I can create anything,” Shepard said. “So I always have weekly specials and sometimes daily specials.”
Shepard has created a “deli, easy friendly menu.” His feature is the Mealzone.
“They are calzones but they are big enough to be a meal,” Shepard said. “They are specialty sandwiches. Basically not so much pizza but more of a sandwich. A big, fresh baked sandwich.”
Examples of available Mealzones are a Cuban, Mama Mia Meatball, Reuben, Prime Rib Dip, Chicken Pesto or a Zesty Italian. (Check out the photos to see the Prime Rib Dip.) He also offers breakfast, including breakfast burritos, corned beef hash and biscuits and gravy.
Shepard found the kitchen space at Home Town after being laid off in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, The community has reacted positively, he said.
“They are really digging it,” Shepard said.
Shepard creates everything from scratch, including smoking his own meats like pork and chicken wings.
“I think that is what individualizes a place,” Shepard said. “I love all food. I think the care of a chef can be put into all food. I am trying to bring the quality for the price that nobody does.”
Cheffun’s Food Factory, 1033 Cooper St., is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. DoorDash is also available. Call 517-748-7228. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/jakeshepard78
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