Jamaica Mon Caribbean Cuisine to bring a tropical vibe and authentic cuisine to Moraine
Powell’s love of cooking began at age 8 when she watched her mother cook in Jamaica.
“Growing up in Jamaica as a young girl, it’s very important that you learn to cook,” Powell said. “My mother is a very good cook.”
Powell came to America at 19 and went to school to become a nurse. She said when she started working at a nursing home in Cincinnati, her lunch got a lot of attention from co-workers. She said they always wanted to see what she ate and try because it smelled so good.
“They encouraged me to do it (cook) as a business, so I said, let me try,” Powell said.
Jamaica Mon Caribbean Cuisine offers a variety of homemade entrees and sides, including jerk chicken, oxtail, festival, rice and peas, and steamed cabbage with carrots. Powell said most foods are either boiled or grilled with natural seasonings and ingredients. The menu will also include mixed tropical drinks.
Moraine’s new restaurant is expected to bring a tropical vibe with a terrace, drive-thru and sometimes live entertainment.
“I seek to bring positivity, good energy and good vibes,” Powell said.
She told Dayton.com that she worked very hard during the pandemic to keep her business running.
“I believe in my dream, so I kept it alive so we can have our new home now,” Powell said. “We have worked very hard for this business and try to provide good customer service and quality food to people. We are proud of it.
Jamaica Mon also has a food truck called Jamaica Mon Street Kitchen. Powell said she started the food truck about two weeks ago and looks forward to bringing a taste of her food to the Dayton area before the restaurant opens.
For more information, visit Jamaica Mon’s Facebook page.