As the reggae beats of Bob Marley’s “Jamming” performs around the restaurant’s sound process, Irie Jamaican Delicacies owner Robert Officer points to a mural painted on a wall inside of the eatery.

“It reminds me of Jamaica, but also Chattanooga,” he mentioned.

“I adore Chattanooga for the reason that it is so beautiful and the individuals are so awesome, and it really is not also crowded. It’s pretty laid again. Chattanooga is a wonderful spot.”

Irie is a Jamaican term with various meanings. It can be applied for nearly anything that is nice, or fantastic or satisfying. Officer, who moved to the United States pretty much six several years back from Jamaica to go after “new chances,” may also use the word when chatting about factors that make you delighted. He claims the word a large amount when talking about his restaurant.

“This is a pleased position,” he reported.

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The Officers opened Irie about two months back on Dayton Boulevard where by a Shuford’s Smokehouse at the time operated. Officer said he labored as a mechanical engineer in Jamaica, but following viewing a pal in Chattanooga, he “fell in love with it” and produced ideas to transfer.

The cafe features a mixture of his own recipes based on dishes his family members members make back house.

“All people does items a very little bit distinctive,” he stated. “Maybe a person has additional garlic or a tiny different level of spice, but they are fundamentally the exact same.”

Officer mentioned the oxtail and jerk hen dishes have established to the be the much more well known dishes on the menu. The restaurant also serves curry hen, currie goat and stew beef, rooster, barbecue or pea dishes.

    Staff Image by Barry Courter / A curry hen plate at Irie Jamaican Cuisine is viewed Monday. The new cafe is open up 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

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Also on the menu are coco bread, beef, Jamaican curry hen, beef with cheese and shrimp patties.

The meals are served in Styrofoam containers packed with food stuff. The value is reflective of the amount of money of food stuff. An entree and two sides assortment in selling price from $16 for the steamed cabbages to $24 for the oxtail.

It is easily adequate foods for two men and women.

“We want individuals to depart here joyful and complete,” Officer reported, “and, smiling.”

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Officer, who made confident to greet and introduce himself to every single consumer, reported he and the personnel are hoping to add catering in the long term, but for now, the goal is to “determine out what people today like and want to make their practical experience far better.”


* What: Irie Jamaican Delicacies, 3224 Dayton Blvd.

* Phone: 423-386-5871

* Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday

* Specialties and rate variety: The oxtail ($24) and jerk chicken ($16) are two of the a lot more well-liked dishes.

Get hold of Barry Courter at [email protected] or 423-757-6354.

By Taba