A long-time restaurant serving authentic, scratch-made Jamaican cuisine in the VCU area for decades has moved down the block to a larger, more inviting space with more seating and an expanded menu. Jamaica House Restaurant, a staple of the Monroe Park Campus and Downtown Richmond since 1994, is reopening its doors Tuesday, September 8th.
The restaurant’s new 2,100-square-foot home at 416 W. Broad Street evokes the quaint charm and character of the original location, with major improvements including additional seating for up to 40 people, a larger takeout window, and a bar.
“Moving into this fantastic new space gave us a great opportunity to try some new things and expand our offerings a bit,” said Carana Ives, owner of Jamaica House. “Not only do we have more seating and an expanded kitchen, but we’re now able to add some customer favorites from Carena’s Jamaican Grille and try a few new traditional dishes as well. It was also a chance to create a long-overdue, comfortable dine-in experience that we really lacked in our former home.”
The interior of the space, designed by Richmond-based Campfire & Co., is bright, fun, and fresh with colorful textures and tones as well as island-inspired fixtures and upholstery, giving the restaurant a relaxed, approachable feel. “We were excited to help Carena and (son) Randolph create a new space and updated brand for Jamaica House that transports guests and celebrates Jamaican culture and the art of authentic, slow cooking,” said Lauren Stewart, Co-Founder, Campfire & Co.
Staples of Jamaica House, including the restaurant’s famous curry goat, jerk chicken, and oxtails, remain, alongside new menu additions inspired by Ives’ sister restaurant, Carena’s Jamaican Grille in South Richmond. New dishes include Appleton Rum-glazed baby back ribs, fresh salmon in a creamy coconut sauce, spicy jerk wings, and a chickpea and butternut squash bowl over fresh spinach and rice.
The general contractor on the project was Chris Pollack with UrbanCore Construction, and Sarah McInerney with Walter Parks Architects led the design. Boulevard Creative developed the restaurant’s new website, which will launch later this week.
Jamaica House is located at 416 W. Broad Street and is open every day from 11:00 AM until 9:00 PM. Online ordering and curbside takeout are available.
Drink Beer and Help Friends of James River Parks
Raging James Pilsner is the latest release from Legend Brewing and a portion of each sale will got to Friends of James River Park.
Legend Brewing Company is the oldest operating craft brewery in Virginia. As their Vice President of Operations, Dave Gott, told us, “It’s important that you be a part of the community – not just IN the community.” Legend has hosted our board meetings and annual get-togethers. On any given weekend (and often any given day) their parking lot is full of cars carrying kayaks and bicycles, and their patio is crowded with people who have spent the day enjoying the James River Park System.
Given their proximity to the James River and our Park, we were elated when they floated the idea of creating a special beer for our organization. Raging James Pilsner is their newest release, and a portion of the sale of each can will help us continue our efforts. Legend has supported Richmond for almost 30 years, and as we approach 50 years of commitment to the Park, we’re honored to partner with them on this.
Drive-thru E-cycle Event this Weekend
Drive-thru E-Cycle Event May 21 from 10 am to 2 pm at Broad Rock Sports Complex, 4825 Old Warwick Rd (behind the Broad Rock Library) The event includes document shredding/the collection of electronics/HHW/oil-based paint.
Fan Art Stroll Walks Into Your Week
This Thursday and Friday stroll the Fan and check out a ton of artists and a half-ton of bands.
The Fan Arts Stroll began during the pandemic in Spring 2020, inspired by Fan resident & local artist Greg Holzgrefe, who wanted to move his annual home art show to his front porch. His wife, Sally, found like-minded neighbors, artists, and musicians to create what is now a 12-block annual festival. The stroll path is a loop covering the 1900-2600 blocks of Hanover & Grove Avenues. The Fan Arts Stroll is made possible by the time and talent of a tiny volunteer staff: Sally Holzgrefe, Misty Clark, Rachel Scott Everett, Stephanie Kiefer and Michele Buchanan, as well as the generosity of the community which includes home hosts, artists, vendors, musicians and YOU