Caribbean Restaurant, 2 Sisters 2 Sons, Sharpsburg Doors Closing

A popular Caribbean restaurant that drew people to Sharpsburg for its oxtail and jerk chicken has announced its doors will close this month.

2 Sisters 2 Sons, which recently celebrated its second anniversary in the borough, will close on August 31

“The neighborhood wasn’t working for us the way we hoped it would,” said Michael Brown, one half of the “2 Sons” whose cartoons adorn the neon green facade of 1882 Main Street.

Brown opened the Main Street restaurant with her cousin Kwasi Prince and their mothers, Marline Siddo of Pittsburgh’s North Side and Denise Josephs of Monroeville.

“We’re not 100% sure why things didn’t work out, but we’ll continue to cook and serve while we look for a new location.”

Sharpsburg Councilwoman Kayla Portis said her family will miss having the restaurant in town.

“It was convenient and delicious,” she said. “The brown stew chicken was our favorite dish.”

2 Sisters 2 Sons opened in July 2020 at the height of the pandemic, but gained regional support from foodie fans familiar with the menu at Pittsburgh festivals like Jerk Fess, a Highland Park event that showcases food and Caribbean culture.

Siddo and Josephs also previously operated Jamaican restaurant 3 Sisters in Wilkinsburg. This restaurant closed in 2015.

Josephs’ daughter, Angel Brown, attributed the problem at the current location to ongoing Highway 28 roadwork. There haven’t been many weeks where local roads and highway on-ramps were not restricted or shut down, she said.

“It got in the way of our style a bit, all the traffic,” she said.

A student at Penn State University, Angel Brown helped search for a new location as she returned home from school this summer.

“The idea is to look for a place that suits us better and a place with more space,” she said.

Restoration orders will remain open.

With a menu that features authentic island cuisine like Escovitch red snapper and goat curry, Brown said each dish is spiced with ingredients brought back from Jamaica. The Escovitch — vinegar and Scotch bonnet peppers — is homemade.

The cousins ​​cook on a hot chili wood grill in the back of the restaurant. They also offer tofu dishes with a variety of vegetables.

Just days after the Sharpsburg restaurant closed, Brown said the family would be cooking for the crowds at the Pittsburgh Reggae Festival in Verona. This event runs from noon to 10 p.m. on September 3.

Brown revealed that several locations have been scouted for the new restaurant, most recently a location on the South Side.

“We will definitely announce it online when we find the right space,” she said.

Tawnya Panizzi is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Tawnya by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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