In late spring, Tasha Cyril will open her second brunch-focused restaurant in Atlanta. Called J’ouvert Caribbean Kitchen, it complements Cyril’s growing, Caribbean-inspired hospitality empire that includes Belle & Lily’s Caribbean Brunch House, APT 4B, and Ms. Icey’s Kitchen and Bar. Located in Uptown Atlanta (formerly Lindbergh City Center) off Piedmont Road and Lindbergh Drive, J’ouvert will serve brunch specialties from Cyril’s native St. Lucia, as well as Trinidad, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic.
The name “J’ouvert” refers to Cyril’s favorite St. Lucian Carnival festival—one that starts early in the morning. “It’s something I really enjoyed while growing up, and this restaurant is a reflection of me and the things I love,” she says.
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., J’ouvert will be similar in theme to Belle & Lily’s with a different menu. The only overlaps will be jerk chicken and a few brunch classics (think eggs and biscuits). Instead, expect pina colada French toast, passion fruit pancakes, curry mushroom roti, Trinidadian doubles (curried chickpea sandwiches), corn soup, and scotch bonnet shrimp. There will also be braised pulled lamb like Cyril’s grandmother used to make. “I want to push the envelope a little more to expand people’s knowledge of what Caribbean food looks like,” Cyril says.
The beverage menu will feature twists on Caribbean classics. There will be a St. Lucian rum punch, hibiscus brew, ginger beer, and passion fruit and pineapple mimosas. “Cocktails should always be as good as food, both in presentation and taste,” she says. Local and Caribbean beers will also be available.
Formerly a Five Guys, the 2,500-square-foot space will feature bright colors and photos of the Caribbean. It will be located on Uptown’s “Main Street.” Other restaurants planned for the development include White Windmill Korean bakery, Bene Korean Steakhouse, and El Gordo taqueria.