Forty year restaurant veteran Alex Sivira, who has been in business here since March, told the two dozen who gathered about his food. “Our menu is different,” he said, explaining that this isn’t a Mexican place but a broader offering of Latin cuisine. Dishes on Café Olé’s menu come from Venezuela, Cuba, Panama, Honduras, Mexico and soon, Peru and Brazil. A patio is the most recent addition to the street-front cafe.
Councilman Melvin Priester, on behalf of the city and Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, thanked Sivira for his new business and thanked GJCP for all the work they do to bring businesses to Jackson.
Sivira says he chose Fondren for Café Olé because of the people of the neighborhood. “In my forty years in restaurants in Hattiesburg, Madison, Laurel and Vicksburg, I never knew so many nice people were here,” he said. “Fondren makes you feel welcome.”
Café Olé is especially glad to see the school year beginning again soon: Sivira said college students have embraced him like no one else. “All of these Millsaps students come in asking about Latin culture,” he explained. “That’s good and I can’t wait for them to come back.”
Sivira says his restaurant is providing fresh and healthy cuisine in a laid back atmosphere.”Don’t expect white table cloths and china,” he chuckled. “I’ll give you the best food you can get for a good price.”