AKRON, Ohio – Cuyahoga Community Faculty Culinary Arts plan graduate Omar McKay, who was born in Jamaica, opened his 3rd Irie Jamaican Kitchen cafe, selecting Akron this time.
The spot opened in May well in Akron’s Highland Square neighborhood. Situated at 837 West Current market Street, the quickly-informal restaurant’s name, Irie, signifies “everything is fine” in Jamaican. The restaurant spans 2,600 sq. ft and has indoor seating for about 40 and out of doors seating for about 30 individuals.
McKay opened the initially Irie Jamaican Kitchen at 621 East 185th Road in Euclid in 2016. In 2019, he extra a location on Cleveland’s West Facet at 4162 Pearl Street.
“I really like cooking, that’s what I get pleasure from performing,” explained McKay. “That’s my present to the entire world.”
McKay believed introducing a Highland Sq. location was “a very good fit for the manufacturer.”
For the reason that the constructing is freshly built, McKay was ready to structure the house to be snug, calming and entire of island ambiance — correct down to the songs.
“The meals is a very little unique than common Jamaican cooking simply because it’s served with no the bone,” McKay claimed. “I also do fusion cooking. Irie Jamaican Kitchen is distinctive than any Jamaican foodstuff you are at any time likely to flavor.”
Irie Jamaican Kitchen’s menu capabilities standard Jamaican food stuff and fusion delicacies. Entrees are served box-fashion (a big part with two sides) or bowl style. Protein alternatives involve beef, rooster, shrimp, lobster and Jamaican favored oxtail, together with a “vegetable buddah” alternative. Proteins can be “styled” island, American, Southwest or vegetarian. Eventually, entrees can be topped with sauce choices this sort of as sweet and spicy, cilantro lime, mango chile or fire.
“I created my individual sauces, my very own marinades, every little thing is built from scratch,” McKay explained.
Cafe several hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Tuesday via Sunday. The cafe is closed on Mondays.
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