Irie Jamaican Kitchen to Open a Third Location in Akron's Highland Square Neighborhood

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click to enlarge Food at Irie Jamaican Kitchen. - Courtesy Irie Jamaican Kitchen
Courtesy Irie Jamaican Kitchen
Food at Irie Jamaican Kitchen.

Since opening his first Irie Jamaican Kitchen (621 East 185th St., 216-350-6112), the chef from Trelawny Parish has been keen on expansion. Owner Omar McKay built upon the success of that first location by adding a second shop (4162 Pearl Rd., 216-291-7488) near the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Next up for the popular brand is Akron's Highland Square neighborhood (837 W. Market St.). The 2,600-square-foot store has 40 dine-in seats and 30 outdoor seats. There also are dedicated takeout service stations for delivery and online orders. The plan is to open in late May.

"This new location is everything I could have asked for," says owner McKay. "The space was a blank canvas so we were able to create the functionality for production in our fast-casual business model and make it visually appealing for guests. The vibe is relaxed and full of island character."

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