The original intention was simply to have a neighborhood bar with a limited menu of just amazingly seasoned Jerk Chicken, smoked over some “real” charcoal on our massive grill, and some super fresh Fried or Steamed Snapper - like we all used to eat on Sundays at the beach in Kingston, Jamaica where we grew up, sipping on potent cocktails.
We began that way, but as word got out, our customers begged for more menu items and pleaded for full dinner service. We recognized that there was a void in the neighborhood for such a venue so we foolishly filled it, and now, 7 years later, we are still up to our necks running a “real” restaurant (er, neighborhood joint)
We delight in challenging traditional business methods and passionately believe that business can be fun. We enjoy a sense of being different, because unlike most businesses, we esteem Ripe as a continuous “work in progress” with a “purpose beyond profits”.
We continuously strive to present the Art, Literature, Music, and Food of our Caribbean culture in new and interesting ways.
Management is deeply committed to social responsibility, so at the drop of a hat, with drink specials flowing, we make friends and dancers of everyone - neighbors, dignitaries, tourists and staff members alike - into the wee, wee (did we say wee ?) hours of the morning.
Ripe will compromise on almost anything but not our core ideology, our aesthetics or our sense of curiosity.