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(Updated 11:30 a.m., Feb. 8)
Popular Jamaican eatery undergoes transformation

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Chicks co-owner Trevor Mason (right) is joined by Chef Lucky and server Alina during the restaurant's grand opening on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

From 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.

Chicks 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.

The 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.

The menu still has many of Banana’s signature dishes like Curry Goat, Oxtail Soup, Escovitch Snapper, and the best Jamaican Patties anywhere. But they’ve 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.

The 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.

“They knew about the changes. I guess they couldn’t wait ‘till Monday,” says Mason, who was left with “no other choice” but to open the door and turn on the fryers.

The reviews were all positive.

“They were all really happy about the new menu and especially the specials,” says Mason.

Besides 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.

The 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 up.

Chicks 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.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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