Updated: Sep 25
By Johanna Salinas
Jamaican Grill in Mangilao had a soft-opening with a grill lighting ceremony Sept. 22. Jamaican Grill's fourth location seeks to serve students and teachers of schools located in the village.
“We wanted to cater directly to the eight schools in Mangilao,” said, Jamaican Grill co-owner Frank Kenney. “We figured that sometimes professors and teachers might want to get out of the classroom to teach and instruct. So because we’re in the hospitality business we thought it'd be nice to develop an environment that’s very user-friendly for academia. That room is multipurpose. It can easily apply to businesses or nonprofits or parties or meetings.”
Inside, a mural by Ariel Dimalanta lists all Mangilao’s schools in a vibrant Jamaican street. Dimalanta’s mural depicts the restaurant’s Jamaican-Chamoru fusion Two Lovers Point in the background.
Besides school fundraisers and class parties, Kenney hopes to collaborate with the Mangilao students by designing an after-school menu just for the new location
“We located this branch here because we believe in this part of the island,” said Kenney. “We're going to develop an after-school menu. A menu valid from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. We want to get some of the students involved in the project. We want to do it here in Mangge’ Town Jamaican Grill for the students.”
The new 4,000 square-foot restaurant aims to serve the residents, students, and workers in Mångge’ Town (Mangilao) and the southern region of the island.
Jamaican Grill has been serving the island’s best barbecue for more than 25 years.
Owners Frank Kenney and Tim Murphy opened their first Jamaican Grill location in Hagatna in 1994 as the restaurant's only employees.
With the addition of the Mangilao location, Jamaican Grill now boasts four locations, which include Hagåtña in the Chamorro Village; Tumon across Pacific Islands Club; and Dededo in the Dededo