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B&D Trawling planning waterfront restaurant

Published:Sunday | June 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMNeville Graham
Gladstone Taylor/ Photographer CEO Roderick Francis helps serve meals at the B&D Trawling Pop-up Kitchen on Friday June 24, 2016, at Port Royal Street, Kingston.

Seafood trader B&D Trawling will be setting up a full-scale restaurant on Kingston's waterfront within another year. Managing Director Roderick Francis made the disclosure at the latest pop-up kitchen event staged by the company on Friday.

B&D has been using the pop-ups to sell meals using seafood it harvests at sea as an additional business line.

"We know Jamaicans love quality seafood, and we know that Hellshire-style fry fish is what they go after. We really want everybody to taste our quality seafood in that style," said Francis.

We came up with the Pop-up Kitchen idea, and really from today's showing, the feeling is overwhelming," Francis said as he helped his front-line staff sell to a throng of patrons.

He says that so far B&D has spent $30 million on phase one of the dream restaurant, for which he is aiming for a five-star rating.

That money went into setting up a seafood outlet at the premises. The pop-up kitchens were a way of pulling crowds to the venue and drive sales at the outlet.

"From the turnout today, for us it is clear that this concept is here to stay. Despite any shortcomings, we are going to do our best to get better and better," Francis said.


Five-star restaurant


For the next phase of the waterfront project, B&D Trawling will be spending "about another $40 million".

"With that we'll build a five-star restaurant. It will be a 3608 view with all-glass at the top. We want to bring to the waterfront really fine seafood dining," Francis said.

B&D Trawling has been in the business of deep-sea fishing and processing for export for over 30 years. The company is Jamaica's largest exporter of processed conch and lobster to the United States, Europe and Asia, supplying over 150,000 pounds of lobster per year.