11:30 a.m., Feb. 8)
Popular Jamaican eatery undergoes transformation
By Fred Sherwin
co-owner Trevor Mason (right) is joined by
Chef Lucky and server Alina during the restaurant's
grand opening on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
going bananas to picking up chicks, the former Bananas
Caribbean Grill and Takeout next to the Sobeys store at
Trim and Innes has undergone a metamorphosis that is sure
to please fast food enthusiasts looking for a break from
Big Macs, Whoppers and shawarmas.
is the latest brainchild of Trevor Mason and Sandra Ferguson
who brought you Bananas on the Beach at Petrie
Island and Bananas in Your Backyard catering.
of the take-out restaurant was made to stay current with
their main clientele which are students from École
secondaire publique Gisèle-Lalonde and École
secon-daire Béatrice-Desloges, both of which are
within walking distance.
menu still has many of Bananas signature dishes
like Curry Goat, Oxtail Soup, Escovitch Snapper, and the
best Jamaican Patties anywhere. But theyve added
a selection of burgers, poutine (including the only jerk
chicken poutine in town), and even hot dogs to keep the
younger crowd coming back for lunch, further encouraged
by a students only lunch special menu.
students at two local high schools were so excited about
the new menu they started lining up outside the door at
10:30 a.m. on Friday, forcing the owners to open a day
earlier than they planned.
knew about the changes. I guess they couldnt wait
till Monday, says Mason, who was left with
no other choice but to open the door and turn
on the fryers.
reviews were all positive.
were all really happy about the new menu and especially
the specials, says Mason.
the burgers, hot dogs and poutine, Trevor and Sandra also
added a new signature dish Northern Fried Chicken
and Waffles as well as Jerk Chicken and Waffles.
The Northern Fried Chicken and Jerk Chicken can also be
ordered without the waffles.
restaurant held its official grand opening
on Saturday with a number of local politicians dropping
by including Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Orléans
Ward city councillor Bob Monette who sampled the JimBob
Burger named in their honour. Both men gave it two thumbs
is located at 2010 Trim Road next to the Sobays store.
They are open seven days a week and they can be found
on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ChicksOttawa.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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