Support Got Jerk Island Grill

The History

In 1988, Kenny Henny arrived in the United States direct from Kingston, Jamaica in search of fine opportunities and vast possibilities. His love for Caribbean foods (specifically ‘all things jerk’) would eventually lead to the development of Got Jerk! LLC. What he brought from Kingston was not just his famous sauce recipes, but also the culture of the food that he made. In the Caribbean, food is more than ‘good eats.’ Food represents fun, family, and community. Got Jerk! is no exception. Inspired by the free spirited culture that developed the jerk process in the 1800’s, its products pay homage to the Caribbean Islands and its passion for spicy, zesty flavors, and authentic cooking style.

 

The Success

In 2013, Ray Dixon and Ben Anderson filled a market gap by launching Got Jerk! Sauces. As descendants from the Caribbean they were excited to bring their authentic recipes to their community. The company quickly establishing retail distribution with Specialty / Independent groceries in the Mid-Atlantic region and in 2016 entered foodservice with an exclusive contract in Sysco’s North East wholesale network.  With the success of the Got Jerk! Sauces the team decided to open a brick and mortar dining location in 2019 called Got Jerk Island Grill. The restaurant, located in Harrisburg Pennsylvania, serves up some authentic specialties that make the Got Jerk sauces the star of every dish! Some of the crowd favorites are the Ooohwee Chicken Bowls, the Juicy Jamaican Jerk Burgers, and the Pineapple Calypso Plantains. As the restaurant became known for it's delicious food and wonderful service the plans were drawn up to open another location in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

 

Covid-19 Update

As we know, the Covid-19 pandemic has taken a hit on small businesses around the country. Our business was no exception. Got Jerk Island Grill was supposed to be on the fast track in 2020 but, the pandemic slowed this progress.  Due to this many lucrative opportunities dissipated. Business deals with Sysco, Shady Maple, the Lancaster School District and multiple school districts in Central Pennsylvania were lost and Got Jerk! Sauces left local grocery shelves. With no government pandemic funding granted to our business we struggled as we expanded to our Carlisle location this summer. Due to more unforeseen circumstances, we now must move our Carlisle location. Unfortunately, the new building will need a full renovation in order to make it safe and clean, not only for our employees but also for our Got Jerk Family. If we can achieve our goal we would be able to sustain longer operation hours, more menu items and a drive thru for your convenience. We also aim to relaunch our sauces in grocery stores so you can bring your favorite Got Jerk flavors into your own kitchen. So we are reaching out to our community during this time as we are a black owned, local, small business in need of some help. Our goal has always been to feed our local community by bringing Got Jerk Island Grill's authentic Caribbean flavors from the islands to your backyard. We appreciate any donation you could make to help us and we look forward to making 2021 great for us and our customers. Thank you!


Other Ways To Support Us

You can buy our authentic sauces here: https://gotjerksauces.com/collections/sauces-and-marinades


Follow our Facebook page for updates here:
https://www.facebook.com/gotjerkislandgrill

Follow our Instagram Page: @GotJerkIslandGrill

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