The new restaurant is located at 1535 Xenia Ave., in space that previously housed Dona Margarota’s, a Mexican restaurant that shut down late last year. The Calypso Grill and Smokehouse seats about 75. It hired 24 people, “and we’re looking to add two more,” Rainey said.
Calypso Grill is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. six days a week, and is closed Tuesdays.
Rainey — who has owned and operated Sunrise Cafe at 259 Xenia Ave. for 13 years — said a recent trip to the Caribbean triggered the idea to open a restaurant focusing on the region’s cuisine.
Calypso Grill’s includes jerk chicken and other Caribbean specialties, as well as some Colombian and Brazilian-inspired dishes such as empanadas and plantains, Rainey said.
Here’s how Rainey described the restaurant to this news outlet today: “We feature from-scratch, authentic fare, down to the fact we import pimento wood to smoke the meats as per Jamaican tradition. It’s a fun, lively atmosphere with fresh food and island-inspired cocktails, craft beer and wine.”
For more information, check out its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/calypsogrillyellowsprings.