Caribbean take-out restaurant opening soon – Daily Press

Corey Bartlett has been in the restaurant business his entire adult life and continues to try to “make people happy – and right now I’m doing that with my food.”

Next month, he will open his third restaurant in the Olde Towne Market Place – the C&D Caribbean restaurant – which will offer a solid Caribbean menu and will be take-out only.

“I’m always up for a challenge and in his market there’s no competition for Caribbean food,” Bartlett said. “That’s why were opening.” The menu will include jerk shrimp, curried and jerk chicken and oxtails, as well as homemade mac and cheese and plantains.

Several years ago, Marcia Hamilton, a native of the Caribbean Islands, was the chef at Corey’s County Kitchen 2 “and she’s going to come back with us, cook her specialties.”

Currently, Bartlett, 48, operates Corey’s Chicken Shack and next door, the Sammich Café, which opened last December.

Bartlett began his journey in the restaurant business about 30 years ago when he was a teenager working for legendary Greek restaurateur and chef Angelo Mageras of Williamsburg. Eventually, he became manager of the Country Harvest Buffet in Mageras.

About 15 years ago, Bartlett became the owner of what is now called the Southern Pancake and Waffle House at 1605 Richmond Road. It became the mainstay of Bartlett’s restaurant businesses, and its success there allowed Bartlett to continue “making people happy” with new restaurants.

Around 2015, Bartlett opened Corey’s Country Kitchen, which had the two spaces now occupied by the Chicken Shack and the Sammich Café. “We served soul food and southern recipes and found an audience,” he explained. In 2017 he opened Corey’s Country Kitchen 2 on Richmond Road.

Just before COVID-19 hit, the original country kitchen on Olde Towne Road was transformed into the Chicken Shack” with a much smaller menu. And the chicken became famous there. If people asked Williamsburg or on the internet the best chicken in the area, we were consistently #1. We work the seasoning to the bone,” Bartlett said. “That helps make it so good.”

Southern dishes are the mainstay – “that’s my market” – at the Chicken Shack. “We have beef liver, chicken liver and chicken gizzards that no one else has,” he explained. “We pick our sprouts and make our own corn pudding.”

The Sammish Café has developed as a breakfast as well as an all-day restaurant where the menu from 7am to 11am includes chicken biscuits, waffles and egg and cheese sammich or bagel with sausage or bacon and eggs.

The cafe also offers house egg salad, chicken salad, and tuna salad sammiches, as well as a Reuben, turkey club, pork barbecue, grilled cheese, and a wide variety of sub-sammiches. sailors. Bartlett said not to forget his homemade soups.

On April 28, Colonial Barber & Beauty, one of the oldest cutters in the area, will open at Williamsburg Crossing, at the corner of State Routes 5 and 199 (Humelsine Parkway).

Lisa Black, owner since 2001, has operated for years at 4655 Monticello Ave. in James City County. However, this location will close on April 23.

Black assured his friends and clients that the college and university pennants that have adorned his walls for the past several years will also move to the new location.

Arby’s Restaurant at 1993 Richmond Road in York County is closed.

Signs around the building read: “Sorry for the inconvenience. This store is closed.

Company officials did not return calls, and York County Economic Development staff were unaware of the restaurant’s status.

Several blocks up the street, the KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) at 1545 Richmond Road in Williamsburg is closed for the next six to eight weeks for major interior renovations.

An on-site construction manager said the kitchen area would essentially remain the same, but the entire seating area, including the floors and ceilings, would be replaced. The well-known KFC buffet is axed due to COVID-19 complications.

California Tortilla, a popular Mexican restaurant chain, will return to Williamsburg in Midtown Row. Hannah Warner, Midtown Row’s marketing and events coordinator, confirmed a lease has been signed, but no date has been set for the opening.

California Tortilla, a company based in Rockville, Maryland, is known as a “casual” restaurant and offers burritos, tacos, fajitas and quesadillas.

The James City County Parks and Recreation Department will host two career fairs this month on April 19 and 30.

John Carnifax, department manager, said the JCC Leisure Services office, 5340 Palmer Lane, will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days for employment applications.

Currently, Parks and Recreation vacancies include Assistant Recreation Supervisors, Recreation Leaders, Therapeutic Recreation Leaders, and Instructors.

•Tek Fusion Global Inc., an aircraft and aerospace component manufacturing company, renewed its lease of 6,892 square feet of office space at 5425 Discovery Park Blvd. in James City County. Cushman & Wakefield’s Andy Dallas | Thalhimer handled the lease negotiations on behalf of the landlord.

•Williamsburg Winery renewed its lease of 1,308 square feet of retail space at 427 W. Duke of Gloucester St., Merchants Square. Dawn F. Griggs and Drew Haynie of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the lease negotiations on behalf of the landlord.

• The Auto Clinic, an auto repair center, leased 3,500 square feet of industrial space at 251 Industrial Blvd. in Toano. Cushman & Wakefield Culbreth Clay | Thalhimer handled the lease negotiations on behalf of the landlord and the tenant.

Elisha A. Tilghman