City Garden Cafe

City Garden Café, located on the third floor of Mansfield’s Municipal Building, works to hire graduates of the The Employment Connection program. This program prepares individuals for the working world by providing education on skills important to employers.

“Dining at City Garden Café enables people with disabilities to learn new skills needed to work in the restaurant business,” said manager Leeann Means. “Not to mention we have great food at a reasonable price!”

The City Garden Café is a partnership between the City of Mansfield and RNI, Inc, and prides itself on helping people with disabilities discover both what they are passionate about and enjoy so they can find jobs within the community.

City Garden Cafe

“We are helping them learn job skills to support them in their desire to obtain community employment,” said Means.

Now and throughout the holiday season, City Garden Café will have a weekly featured breakfast, lunch and dessert alongside its regular menu. The restaurant also does small catering jobs for 40 people or less throughout the community.

“We would like to incorporate more small catering jobs, especially in the downtown area as to give our staff more exposure to this side of the business,” said Means. “We would like to increase our reach outside of the Municipal Building as well.”

Besides providing wonderful food and great service, City Garden Café also donates to a charity of its choosing each year. This year, the restaurant donated to the Red Cross.

City Garden Cafe

“We love our community’s resilience and ability to adapt and change,” said Means.

Visit the cafe at 30 North Diamond Street. You can also call 419-522-0035 or visit the website to place an order.

This article was paid for by the small business mentioned. This holiday season, we will feature profiles on various local businesses encouraging readers to shop small. Read all the stories here.

Maggie Allred is an intern for Richland Source, and a senior at Mansfield Senior High School. She writes music in her spare time and performs locally. Diet Coke and King of the Hill enthusiast. Theatre nerd.