Restaurant owners in Jamaica are pushing for a new restaurant in the capital, but they need millions in funding to complete the project.
The owners of Jamaican restaurants in Kingston and the Jamaica Harbour, say they will open a new eatery next year if they can secure the necessary funding to open their first Jamaican restaurant in Kingston.
The Jamaican Restaurant Association is also seeking government funding for renovations to the existing Jamaican eatery.
The Jamaica Harbour has become a major tourist attraction.
The city has been hit by the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
“We’re very excited.
We’ve been looking for a restaurant for years, and we’re going to open the first Jamaicans restaurant in Jamaica this year,” said Danielle Tafoya, one of the owners.
The association is looking to raise $3 million from investors to open a restaurant next year.
“It’s not going to be an overnight process, but we are trying to raise the funds that we need,” she said.
Tafoya says her family has already put together a list of partners.
They include the owner of an upscale restaurant in Trinidad and Tobago, and the owner and operator of a trendy hotel in Jamaica.
“So it’s a partnership that’s going to take place in about a month,” she added.
The city of Kingston has long struggled with low population and a weak economy.
The population has dropped by about 10 per cent since 2000.
The Kingston Hotel, which was once one of Kingston’s most popular tourist attractions, has been forced to close in 2017.
The group is hoping to open another Jamaican location by 2020.