Restaurant plans Court Street drive-through
Smokin’ Barrel, the mobile barbecue restaurant based on Front Street, has plans to start its own drive-through which will be located next to Jamaican Grill on Court Street.
The mobile business, owned by Kemar Jerome Maybury, has proved popular with locals.
Having the opportunity to work at the America’s Cup event gave a platform for the mobile business to gain more exposure, both locally and internationally.
Mr Maybury said: “I was not concerned about making a million dollars, it was the perfect platform to gain exposure and get my name out there from networking.”
Since then, he has decided to grow the business and give back to the community at the same time in a unique way.
“I figure if I can feed 10,000 people in a day, anything is possible.”
Smokin’ Barrel will team up with Bulldog’s Lounge, which is under new management.
The lounge is also located on Court Street, so both parties saw this as an opportunity to collaborate and create something unique.
There will be an option for people to sit inside the restaurant and eat their choice of food from the Smokin’ Barrel kitchen or local fish from the already established lounge.
If people want to get something quick without the hassle of getting out of their car, they can have the drive-through option.
The space for the drive-through will be in the parking area next door to the Jamaican Grill restaurant.
Mr Maybury mentioned: “Once you call and place your order we will take your licence plate number and get your order ready. Once you arrive at the facility someone will bring the food out to you.
“The idea is to utilise the space for multipurpose events and changing the vibration of the Court Street location.”
Mr Maybury believes this will be the first food outlet of its kind in Bermuda. “The idea of using the lot for a barbecue drive-through is to create a more positive environment for the community and to grow businesses within the area,” he said.
The drive-through will open on weekdays from 11am to 11pm.
The food served will be the same as the Smokin’ Barrel mobile restaurant.
My Maybury will have his signature marinated jerk chicken and he will also promote healthier foods, such as vegetables and roast meats instead of fried foods.
On the weekends he wants to hold events that will bring the community together.
“I plan to put a platform on weekends that can be taken down and set up in the same parking facility,” Mr Maybury said.
“This will be a multipurpose platform that can be used for events such as live entertainment and dance as well as sport.
“On Friday evenings I would like to focus on live entertainment and dancing. The idea is to have a block party where there will be dancers such as Tiny T and other local entertainers performing.
“We encourage people to come out and enjoy. There will be an event this Friday after work starting at 7pm. My objective is to change the vibration of the area.”
He stressed that there will be police presence and he is also in talks about a start-up security company within the area as well.
On Saturdays he wants to hold boxing and martial arts events.
“Everybody loves to see a good fight,” said Mr Maybury.
He believes this can serve to combat antisocial behaviour in the community.
“Where you have these two guys that wanted to kill each other for months, they can stand in the ring for 11 rounds, and hopefully will walk away from it as better men.
“This will put that element out there that says, you know what, if you have an issue, then let’s bring it to the ring.
“Either way if you come out to fight you’re going to get paid, the winner and the loser. We will also plan to give the rest to charity.”
He anticipates the drive-through should be in effect next month.
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