Jon worked in the health food store from the age of 4 until college and still went part time until 1996 when it closed. Working at town food market at 13th and Lombard throughout college and remaining for years. This opportunity led to entering the music business, djing, throwing events and eventually going into private clubs, including speakeasy dance clubs. Jon opened a private social club in south Philadelphia, though only staying for a short time, he gained valuable experience dealing with local members of the community, working with important leaders in South Philadelphia. He was a student at Temple University, studied music at CCP, and eventually found his calling in real estate and finance, where he has had success in property management and his current position with revitalizing neighborhoods through investment and rebuilding some of the finest homes that have been neglected.
He is specializing in relocation, leasing, and property management and has been from 2005 to present. Currently his business with Ampere Capital Group acquires and develops adaptive re-use buildings, provides ground up construction for apartment buildings, and other multi-family dwellings. These Endevours have brought him into a new plethora of opportunities that include renovating and renting affordable rentals throughout most of Philadelphia’s zipcodes. His entrepreneurial spirit has carried him into a newly sparked passion for a return to feeding people and bringing a new community addition to Queen’s Village.
Maureen is the brilliant woman who is putting the mom in our mom and pops business. Our team is like family because over 20 years we have developed friendship and loyalty to each other, but Maureen is Jon’s actual mother. Maureen brings her extensive experience in the hospitality industry and her most winning service personality to the business. As a private chef for many of Cape May’s elite, she specialized in Macrobiotic food. Co-owning a health store and working as the daytime bartender through the 80’s at Philadelphia’s famous watering hole Doobies, she has blessed us with her presence. A longtime resident of the Eastwick Section of South Philadelphia, she has brought her connections with the Cape May Roasters to the table, and allowed for a valuable collaboration. Mrs. Mika brings the taste of the shore to Passyunk Ave, and her experience of a lifetime to our lucky customers.
Coming from a classical Philadelphia culinary tradition beginning during his work for Monk’s Cafe and the Nodding Head Brewery, he worked his way up to becoming a valuable and necessary part of one of the most notable restaurant groups in the city. He added to this experience by working at Chestnut Hill’s Baker St. Bread, the Chestnut Hill Cafe, and eventually opening JL Sullivan’s Speakeasy in the basement of the Bellview Hotel as the sous chef. This catapulted his career as he returned to college at WVU while simoultaniously working for the top coffee shop in WV, the Blue Moose Cafe as the breakfast chef and developing his own business. The founder of Wrapsody, a notable mobile kitchen that served at all the biggest music festivals on the east coast for three seasons, he made the resolution to return to a stationary kitchen. His consultancy work has helped open four restaurants including The Cellar, Dragonfly Sushi and Asian Fusion, Fatty Loafs Pizzeria, and The Blue Moose Kitchen. Abdias spent 4 years as the executive chef of the largest nightclub and restaurant complex in WV, The Vintage Room and Bent Willy’s. His latest culinary experience was working as a chef at the award winning Creperie, Later Alligator. While studying law and finance at UMUC, he worked on the other side of the restaurant industry while working for Washington DC’s Busboys and Poets. He has brought unmatched enthusiasm and dedication to the success of The Avenue Cup cafe and now looks forward to feeding the neighborhood he called home when he lived in Queen’s Village.
A Pennsport resident and activist for Autism and LGBTQ, Melody is a welcome addition to the team. A lifetime Philly native who graduated from Bodine high school, she is active in the south Philly running community and is our resident fitness buff. Her return to the work force after dedicating several years to being a mother is a triumphant one, lending her many talents and dedication to developing the cafe. Taking time out of her many volunteer and parental responsibilities, including her work in fundraising for Back On My Feet Philadelphia, she has been invaluable in the development of our atmosphere.