Jenna Bardroff and her brother, Chef Mat Bardroff, prepare customer orders at the new Vegan Cafe Jax. Both vegans, the Bardroff siblings own the restaurant at 2624 Atlantic Blvd. in St. Nicholas.

Healthful food can be delicious and nutritious, too. 

That’s the philosophy of vegan chef Mat Bardroff and his sister, Jenna, who’ve opened Vegan Cafe Jax in St. Nicholas.

The cafe is a collaboration between the brother and sister and a Jacksonville family practice physician Rene Pulido, who is an advocate of natural plant-based medicine, according to the restaurant’s website.

Describing it as “a tasteful eatery,” the Bardroffs hosted a soft opening of the cafe Monday. The restaurant’s grand opening is Tuesday.

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“It’s been going fantastic. Everybody is loving the food … It’s been very positive and encouraging. Everybody seems very happy,” Jenna Bardroff, cafe manager, told the Times-Union at the end of their first day on Monday.