Caribbean restaurant opens in Ingleside Village | News
It took a while.
They've been trying to open for a few years.
On Thursday - finally, "we're here to feed the community and do the best we can," said Everald Gordon, manager of Tropical Flava on Ingleside Avenue.
The location was formerly Ingleside Village Pizza, which moved across the street. If you were ever in there, you wouldn't recognize the place now.
Completely transformed from the eclectic IVP decor, Tropical Flava gives the feel of a warm Caribbean hide-a-way.
Gordon started the transformation of the building in 2011. As for why it took so long, he said "A combination of obstacles ... it was treacherous."
Tropical Flava opened its first location at 5201 Houston Road about 5 years ago and they hope to open a third in Warner Robins next year.
Gordon said he was attracted to the Ingleside location because of the traffic. "I like the feel of the place," he said.
"My hope is to offer some diversity by way of the food."
Some of the menu items include jerk chicken, ox tail, red snapper, rock fish, beef patties, rice and beans, plantains, macaroni and cheese and rum cake.
Restaurant hours are Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., closed Sunday.