Chef Rose Forrest and Bruce Cunningham were ready to expand their popular northwest Detroit restaurant, The Jamaican Pot, with a second site this week. "Technical difficulties, however, have forced the restaurant to delay its Jan. 23 opening," Eater Detroit's editor posts.
The husband-wife team opened their flagship six years ago on West Eight Mile Road between Schaefer Highway and the Lodge Freeway, Brenna Houck writes.
The small takeout shop . . . earned a loyal following for dishes like jerk chicken and curry goat prepared with halal meat. The pair settled on a second location in New Center at the urging of their customers and corporate clients who use the business’s catering services.
The new restaurant is tucked into one of the corners of the upper levels of New Center One. The menu is expected to be slightly different from the original location in order to accomodate faster service for patrons eating on their lunch hour.
The current site's menu includes four chicken lunch specials (jerk, curry, barbecue or pan-seared and stewed in brown sauce), plus vegetarian "Bob Marley Stew."
Among other specialties are curry goat, pepper steak (photo below), oxtail stew (also in gallery), red pea soup with chicken (right) and three seafood choices (salmon, shrimp, red snapper).
Shaffwan Ahmed, already a fan, posts on social media that he welcomes a location "closer to home" because he has "been craving the oxtail, jerk chicken and the curry goat."
The nearly done new location is at 3031 W. Grand Blvd. These photos from the restaurant show some of what's served: