Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
For those who love eating with accompaniment, musical accompaniment that is, this should be good news.
Mongoose Jamaica, a recently opened restaurant in Ocho Rios, has added live music to its menu in order to spice up its offerings.
Mongoose Jamaica, located on Main Street, just across from the entrance to Sunset Jamaica Grande, offers dishes that include Jamaican, Italian, French and Asian cuisine.
The restaurant hosts Saturday Night Live each week, featuring the Carl Edwards-led Live Wyya Band. The event is an open-mic format which allows artistes to join the band for a performance on Saturday nights.
"It's nice, it's beautiful, going very well," said owner Lesbert Thomas, when asked about the event.
He explained the reasoning behind the addition.
"As usual, Mongoose Jamaica wants to do something different from the restaurants around town. Like I said, Mongoose Jamaica is more than a restaurant. It's an experience, so this is part of the experience."
And what has been the response from customers?
"They love it, everybody love it, they say it's an experience they have never had before," Thomas stated.
Edwards loves the concept.
"Saturday Night Live with Live Wyya, bringing live music to Ocho Rios, good food, live music, what can beat that?" Edwards questioned.
Asked about the open-mic format, Edwards said: "Well, we try to keep it as a reality, for example, if somebody wants to do a thing, as long as it's clean and positive and can uplift, we give you a chance."
According to Edwards, the impact that Saturday Night Live has been having shows that real reggae music is alive and well.