Mary Jane was created to display our passion for fresh, local ingredients prepared into stunning dishes and paired with amazingly delicious craft beer. We pride ourselves by using only the freshest ingredients. We buy local when possible to support our small town economy. Our burgers are prepared fresh daily using Midwest-raised cattle, no antibiotics and are accompanied with fresh-baked buns.
Please know if you don’t love your meal; we will replace it! Enjoy!
In The News
Carisa Stark attended and graduated from St. Vincent de Paul High School. She has over twenty two years of Hospitality Management experience including an A.A.S. in Business Management. The business owner’s experience is very versatile in the Hospitality Industry including food and beverage management with Radisson Hotels, then being promoted into operations management as the assistant general manager. She then pursued a position with Sysco Foodservice in Denver Colorado as a marketing associate. She excelled in understanding the relationships between food distributor and independent restaurants. She managed a territory of over twenty restaurants specializing in assisting her customers with menu development, labor control and food and beverage costs. Carisa Stark has spent seven years of her career with Darden Restaurants.
Throughout her career with Darden, she has successfully managed six Olive Gardens, two of those which she was part of the opening management team. Carisa Stark has acquired expertise in delivering an excellent guest experience, team member retention, positive guest count growth and positive performance earnings. She trained all team members in her division to become certified trainers to facilitate in house training and new restaurant openings. Carisa Stark was promoted into different positions during her tenure including sales manager, service manager, culinary manager and most recently training and staffing manager. Carisa Stark has spent the last six years as sole proprietor of Mary Jane Street + Food, Food Truck, Mary Jane Burgers & Brew LLC and Stark Property Management LLC. Jackson Street BrewCo and most recently Mary Jane bourbon + smokehouse opening in 2019 in Downtown Cape Girardeau.
Carisa Stark has been involved in her community as a board member with the Chamber of Commerce and Perryville Downtown Revitalization.
Carisa Stark also has held the title of vice president of her condo association for, Park Ave Condominium Association. This position has educated her on property management and property by-laws in the Gate District of St. Louis, Missouri. Carisa formed Stark Property Management in 2013 focusing on Commercial Property Rentals, Vacation Rentals and most currently Residential Rental rehab project of 8 apartments in downtown Perryville called Urban Lofts located above Jackson Street BrewCo.
Carisa Stark has also explored her passion in competition BBQ, she is currently a member of the Kansas City BBQ Society and a Certified BBQ Judge with the KCBS. Carisa Stark has joined a group of Perryville residents focusing on the Revitalization of Downtown Perryville and helped plan and execute successful community events such as Home Brew Block Party and Farm to Table Community Dinner.
Email Carisa at firstname.lastname@example.org
Matthew Ruesler attended Ozarks Technical Community College in May 2010, where he graduated and received his A.A.S Degree in Culinary Arts. He has a combined 10 years in the hospitality and restaurant field and over 5 years management experience. His experience in the culinary field expands from high end country clubs to sushi and high end restaurants to eventually achieving the role of Executive Sous Chef/Instructor at the Victory Trade School in Springfield Missouri, the Executive Chef at Weingarten Vineyard and now Executive Chef at Mary Jane Burgers and Brew for over a year. His rapid growth in the field is based off of hard work and the ability to adapt aggressively when necessary. Along with his experience, Matthew Ruesler is Serve-Safe Certified.
Matthew Ruesler also is a homebrewer and has been brewing wide range of ales and lagers for over 5 years. He has experience in homebrew competitions where he has won several awards including a 1st place People’s Choice Award. Through competitions, judges feedback, homebrew clubs and the willingness to learn through books and experts, he has been able to fine tune his brewing process.
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Taylor Cox | Culinary Manager
Are you usually early or late? “Early, if I don’t accidentally set my alarm for pm instead of am.”
What is your favorite drink? “Pepsi from Barnes Mart.”
What songs have you completely memorized? “I’m like a walking radio, come at me with one.”
What mystery do you wish you knew the answer to? “What came first the chicken or the egg?”
What is the most annoying habit that other people have? “Clicking pens!”
What is the most annoying question that people ask you regularly? “What are you doing here? You walk in randomly and everybody is so nosey.”
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives? “Dance like nobody is watching, life is too short to be so serious.”
If you were dictator of a small island nation, what crazy dictator stuff would you do? “Make everyone wear crocs, if you ain’t crocin’ you ain’t rockin’.”
What would be your first question after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years? “Where has the time gone?”
What are you most likely very wrong about? “What people think of me.”
Are you usually early or late? “Right on time.”
What is your favorite drink? “MARGS!”
What songs have you completely memorized? “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
What mystery do you wish you knew the answer to? “Was Marilyn Monroe murdered?”
What is the most annoying habit that other people have? “Saying What before I finish talking.”
What is the most annoying question that people ask you regularly? “What’s on tap?” “when there is a giant menu behind my head.”
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives? “Go skydiving”
If you were dictator of a small island nation, what crazy dictator stuff would you do? “NO HUGS!”
What would be your first question after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years? “Is this a dream?”
What are you most likely very wrong about? “Anything math related. “
Bobby King| Guest Experience Manager
Are you usually early or late? “If I had to choose one, I’d say late, but that’s because I’m usually here right at my scheduled time.”
What is your favorite drink? “BEER! (Right now Mango Cart or Blueberry Blonde.) “
What songs have you completely memorized? ” Too many to count, lots of Ben Folds… Bohemian Rhapsody.”
What mystery do you wish you knew the answer to? “How the pyramids/ ancient structures were really made.”
What is the most annoying habit that other people have? “Being judgy.”
What is the most annoying question that people ask you regularly? “And I quote… “Your initials are BK! Like Burger King?”…”
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives? “Go outside your own country.”
If you were dictator of a small island nation, what crazy dictator stuff would you do? “Everyone works in a restaurant.”
What would be your first question after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years? “Is Betty White doing ok?”
What are you most likely very wrong about? “Sincerity of others.”