New cafe aims to serve JH locals

(Jackson, Wyo.) - There's a new coffee shop and cafe on the south end of town that aims to serve the local Jackson workforce. Ali and Kevin Cohane, the owners of Persephone Bakery and the cafe in downtown Jackson, recently opened Picnic at 1110 Maple Way near K-Mart. The space, that was recently run by Cafe Boheme, came available this summer and the Cohanes jumped at the chance to expand their business. "We love cafe culture and wanted to open another breakfast / lunch place on this side of town that focused more on the local community," said Ali. "Persephone is great and we love it, it is just a really small space." The couple took over on June 1, and spent the summer doing some aesthetic modifications to the building. They worked with local artists and designers to complete the look that they desired for the cafe. "Thinking about a space locals want, the concept is western design with a modern lens," said Ali. "The design focuses on textures and patterns that have western ethos." Local ceramic artist Jenny Dowd from Dowd House Studios created a custom light fixture that is designed to emulate clouds right when the customer walks through the door. Picnic serves a few of the traditional pastries that Persephone does, but also has some new creations for the cafe. "We do mostly a toast menu. We really wanted to highlight our breads. We made a bunch of new breads that we don't serve at Persephone that we used to do for the farmers market," said Ali. While Persephone focuses on classic Fresh pastry, Picnic is giving their pastry menu an American twist with creations like a peanut butter and jelly pastry. They are also the only place in town that offers pour over coffee and Jackson Hole Roasters created a roast specially for Picnic. Similar to Persephone, Picnic does not serve day old pastries, so all of the leftover bread and pastry is donated to the Jackson Hole Food Rescue. *Feature Photo: Ali Cohane / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news