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‘Bahama Bay’ on East Bay hires 15

Bahamian culture and cuisine to feature at new restaurant
  • Bahama Bay Bar and Grill.

SCIESKA ADDERLEY
Guardian Business Reporter
scieska@nasguard.com

Published: Sep 06, 2013

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The owner of a newly-opened “down-home” restaurant said he was eager to give his customers the “Bahamian experience” and give food connoisseurs the perfect blend between Bahamian cuisine and culture.

“As a Bahamian, I think it’s important that we have a say as to what culture is being provided,” Anwar Rolle revealed in this week’s edition of Da Plunge.

With a background in entertainment and an entrepreneurial sprit running in his veins, Rolle said he could no longer sit back and watch the Bahamian nightlife slowly fade way.

He admitted that it’s been a challenge to get Bahama Bay Bar and Grill up and running over the past couple of months. But he is encouraging more Bahamians to step up and open businesses and not depend solely on foreign direct investment (FDI).

“As a Bahamian, I think it’s important that we have a say as to what culture is being provided. At Bahama Bay, the goal is to provide entertainers with jobs where customers will be able to experience a dinner and live native show. We want to have Bahamians and Bahamian cuisine be a part of this tourism product,” he said.

“This is not my first venture here in The Bahamas but unfortunately we are still faced with the same challenges that span some 20 years. The challenge is going to be coming up the capital and also fighting with the big boys.”

“We live in a society where we teach the majority of our kids to take an order as opposed to owning a business. I guess it’s just something that in time, we the next generation has to change. But those are some of the basic problems that we have found.”

“I’m just trying to restore confidence in Bahamians because we have got to work together.”

The East Bay Street restaurant features a parliament suite, a Junkanoo Bar and the Club Bay.

It officially opened a week ago with a soft opening and employs 15 people. Rolle said in November there are plans to open Club Bay and host Spring break 2014.

“We believe that as time goes on, people will see that

the

indoor/outdoor atmosphere that we provide is just on another level,” Rolle shared.

“We understand that the economy is not where it used to be so we want people to be able to chill at our spot regularly as opposed to just coming on a special occasion.”

In addition to live local entertainment, Rolle said he is looking to provide excellent service and offer a twist on local cuisine at Bahama Bay Bar and Grill in a cozy atmosphere at affordable prices.

He expressed confidence in the success of the restaurant and is already eyeing a brand expansion in the future.

“I see Bahama Bay as chain. This is just the first location but the goal is to diversify the portfolio. We are looking to have one in South Beach, Miami and getting one in the Baha Mar development,” he said. Bahama Bay Bar and Grill is opened daily from 12 noon ‘until’.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 September 2013 15:27
 
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