Jamaican Restaurant in Dallas Provided Meals to Snowstorm Victims
Island Spot, a Jamaican restaurant in Dallas, Texas, provided meals to city residents who lost power and access to water due to the historic snowstorm and freezing weather conditions, as well as those who worked to get power and water Utilities back in operation. The restaurant served meals in partnership with World Central Kitchen (WCK), the organization founded in 2010 by renowned chef José Andrés to serve meals to people around the world suffering from the uncertainty about food and water caused by natural disasters deliver. WCK relief teams worked across Texas bringing much-needed meals to the people of Austin, San Antonio, Fort Worth, and Dallas while the weather emergency continued.
The Island Spot, owned by Jamaican native Richard Thomas, offers authentic Jamaican cuisine and serves as an example of the island’s national motto, “Out of Many, One People” by serving its culturally diverse community.
Thomas opened his original Island Spot Restaurant in Carrollton in 2010 and then expanded to Oak Cliff. Island Spot restaurant was inspired by Mama Joyce, who prepared delicious meals for her family, including seasonal fresh fruit juices from the family trees. The restaurant uses Mama Joyce’s own recipes as the basis for all dishes. The decor includes personal family portraits and photos of the family’s favorite spots in Jamaica. The island feel is enhanced by the music that is played there, including selections from reggae icon Bob Marley, the energetic Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, and the sound of steel drums.
The new restaurant has many features designed to provide an atmosphere of Jamaican authenticity, such as: B. a wood fire grill, on which his signature jerk chicken can be cooked. He uses traditional allspice wood and smoking techniques similar to those found in Jamaica at the Boston Bay Jerk Center, known as the home of jerk chicken.
The Island Spot in Oak Cliff features a top-to-bottom design with a dining room, terrace and rum bar that Thomas calls the “Official Rum Bar Destination” for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Over 25 unique Caribbean rums, rum flights and cocktails are offered at the bar.
Sunday brunch offers a menu of items separate from the daily offerings to give guests the opportunity to enjoy a Jamaican twist on the concept of brunch. Live reggae music is occasionally played at brunch.