AKRON, Ohio – Cuyahoga Group Faculty Culinary Arts application graduate Omar McKay, who was born in Jamaica, opened his third Irie Jamaican Kitchen cafe, picking Akron this time.
The location opened in May well in Akron’s Highland Sq. community. Located at 837 West Industry Avenue, the quickly-relaxed restaurant’s identify, Irie, suggests “everything is fine” in Jamaican. The cafe spans 2,600 square toes and has indoor seating for about 40 and out of doors seating for about 30 men and women.
McKay opened the initial Irie Jamaican Kitchen area at 621 East 185th Avenue in Euclid in 2016. In 2019, he extra a spot on Cleveland’s West Facet at 4162 Pearl Road.
“I love cooking, that’s what I delight in executing,” claimed McKay. “That’s my present to the world.”
McKay considered including a Highland Sq. location was “a good healthy for the model.”
Because the making is newly manufactured, McKay was equipped to layout the room to be comfy, soothing and whole of island ambiance — correct down to the music.
“The foodstuff is a minor unique than common Jamaican cooking because it’s served devoid of the bone,” McKay explained. “I also do fusion cooking. Irie Jamaican Kitchen is various than any Jamaican foods you are at any time going to flavor.”
Irie Jamaican Kitchen’s menu characteristics traditional Jamaican meals and fusion delicacies. Entrees are served box-type (a significant portion with two sides) or bowl style. Protein possibilities include beef, chicken, shrimp, lobster and Jamaican favorite oxtail, along with a “vegetable buddah” option. Proteins can be “styled” island, American, Southwest or vegetarian. Last but not least, entrees can be topped with sauce possibilities this kind of as sweet and spicy, cilantro lime, mango chile or hearth.
“I produced my own sauces, my individual marinades, every little thing is manufactured from scratch,” McKay claimed.
Cafe several hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Tuesday by means of Sunday. The cafe is closed on Mondays.
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