by Howard Campbell
CAPE COD, Massachusetts – Seafood and crusing are synonymous with Cape Cod, the scenic Massachusetts area that has been a preferred vacationer retreat for over a century. Three years in the past, Allanah Bodah added some Jamaican spice to the world by opening The Karibbean Lounge.
Bodah, who’s from St. Mary parish in japanese Jamaica, operates the restaurant with Silvano Samuels from St. Elizabeth, a rural parish situated in southern Jamaica. It opened on the daybreak of COVID-19 which destroyed many companies, together with fledgling ones.
Positioned in downtown Hyannis, The Karibbean Lounge has thrived because of the demand for Jamaican delicacies.
“Having a Caribbean restaurant in Cape Cod doesn’t solely advantages Caribbean nationals but additionally the huge quantity of vacationers who go to the island. Seeing that we’ve got a various group it’s important to entice all people’s style buds with their genuine meals from no matter island they’re from within the Caribbean, and for guests to shock their style buds with our beautiful, mouth-watering dishes,” stated Bodah.
Cape Cod is dwelling to plenty of well-heeled households, probably the most well-known being the Kennedys. Because the Nineteen Seventies, its West Indian group has grown significantly with preliminary immigrants and their descendants opening ‘mother and pop’ companies there.
Jamaicans comprise the majority of The Karibbean Lounge’s clientele. Guyanese, Haitians, Puerto Ricans and People are additionally followers of its spicy menu which incorporates curried goat, jerked and brown stew hen, oxtail and steamed/escoveitched fish.
Bodah grew up within the seaside city of Annotto Bay and though giving beginning to her first baby as an adolescent, graduated from highschool. She studied early childhood training in Jamaica previous to migrating to the US 13 years in the past.
Having skilled the challenges of adlescent motherhood, Bodah companions with Genuine Caribbean Basis, a Boston-based non-profit group, to help needy youngsters within the Caribbean Diaspora.
Cape Cod is not the unique playground of bluebloods just like the Kennedys. Immigration from the Caribbean, Asia and Europe has made it a various group, which Bodah and her five-member crew are decided to capitalize.
“It’s critical and solely sensible to not solely put together meals for our locals but additionally folks from completely different backgrounds to discover one other’s tradition by way of meals. At The Karibbean Lounge that is precisely what our intention is and by all means, is demonstrating simply that,” she stated.