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June 10, 2021
Fresh Face: Got Jerk Island Grill
For founders Ben Anderson, Ray Dixon, and Kenny Henny, the special sauce behind Got Jerk Island Grill’s booming success is literal; and you’ve probably tasted it, considering its presence on the stockroom shelves of nearly 10,000 restaurants across the East Coast and Midatlantic.
Got Jerk! Sauces first made their appearance in 2015 at Lancaster local stores Stauffers and Musser’s, but it didn’t take long before Sysco—a global leader in restaurant food supply—took notice.
As the company grew into a massive overnight success, this entrepreneurial trio knew they had to take advantage of their growth. That’s how they evolved Got Jerk! into a full-service restaurant concept: Got Jerk Island Grill. Lancaster City is now home to their newest location on the corners of James and Mulberry streets, previously Red Rose Tavern.
With menu items guaranteed to awaken the ennuied palate of any foodie—like their sweet fried plantain dish which is smothered in their signature pineapple calypso sauce—Ben promises food with approachability alongside its authenticity. “We have something for everybody,” he says. “We have traditional dishes, but for people who don’t like spicy food, we’ve got something for them too.”
An example: their loaded Caribbean jerk fries, which are blanketed by a savory cheese sauce, sprinkled with diced jerk chicken, then topped with crispy bacon, fresh tomatoes, and a special ranch sauce.
In addition to vivid, imaginative fusion plates that enliven the senses, Got Jerk Island Grill recruited the talents of events-aficionado Jordan Toney to craft a cocktail program that includes daiquiris, piña coladas, and aged rum flights…pairings intended to transport guests to the crystal blue water and swaying palms of the islands.
We are real islanders, here to bring the true Caribbean experience to Lancaster County,” says Ben.
Lancastrians looking for an escape need look no further this summer. Got Jerk Island Grill is offering live Reggae music Fridays and Saturdays, as well as a Caribbean-inspired brunch on Sundays. Follow them on instagram: @gotjerkislandgrill.