What would Cape Cod, Massachusetts be on August 6 without some Jamaican flavor. That's the day the Caribbean country celebrates its 61st year of independence and restaurateur Allanah Bodah is determined to make a big splash.
Bodah and fellow Jamaican Silvano Samuels are proprietors of The Karibbean Lounge, which has been part of the Cape Cop food landscape for the past three years.
On August 6, the venue plans to give patrons a taste of Jamaican culture.
"We will be having live entertainment with the CIA Band, it'll be gospel/jazz with Jamaican folk songs, while serving an extensive Jamaican cuisine which includes ackee and saltfish, jerk chicken, jerk pork, seafood, festivals, and breadfruit etc. We'll feature two top sellers from the cocktail menu... our signature Karibbean Lounge Rum Punch and the world-famous Frozen Bob Marley, all made with our Jamaican Wray and Nephew's White Overproof Rum," Bodah disclosed.
There are other mouth-watering events on The Karibbean Lounge menu for August. On the 20th, there will be an event celebrating the restaurant's third anniversary. One week later, there is 3 The Hard Way, which features comedians Fancy Cat, Comedian Lemon and Pretty Boy Floyd.
Bodah is from the seafaring town of Annotto Bay in St. Mary parish, eastern Jamaica. A specialist in early childhood education, she has lived in the United States for 13 years.
Located in downtown Hyannis, The Karibbean Lounge caters to a Cape Cod community that has become considerably more cosmopolitan since the heyday of the Kennedys, the area's most famous residents.
Bodah and her staff serve mainly Jamaicans, with West Indians and Americans also accounting for a large part of their clientele.
"Our culture is diverse and loved worldwide, so it's very important to keep our Caribbean culture alive. We are located downtown Cape Cod on Main Street, and we're a breath of fresh air, as our slogan states, 'Where Life is Beautiful'. The Karibbean Lounge is known for authentic meals and great customer service. Remember! We are paradise away from paradise," said Bodah.