Davina Henry, Staff Reporter
The resurgence of live music across the country has brought with it the importance of twinning it with a little dinner.
Brian Lumley, chef and owner of the 689 Restaurant in New Kingston, is one of those capitalising on the emerging trend.
"Live music pairs naturally with good food, and it was a natural progression that I offer my 689 customers an exciting take on dining out in Kingston. Personally, I support the Reggae Revival movement and thought my customers would appreciate authentic Jamaican entertainment," Lumley told The Gleaner.
With that said, the chef recently introduced the '689 Live' series with the Mystikal Revolution band, which he said was a phenomenal success.
"The vibe inside the restaurant was warm yet electric. In the end, patrons stated that it was beyond what they imagined pairing great food with live music would be."
He emphasised that 689 Live will definitely be a recurring event based on the warm reception from those in attendance.
But with more and more restaurants offering this pairing, is it economically viable for restaurant owners? Lumley definitely thinks it is.
"Adding live performances to the roster of new eateries gives the consumer a chance to experience the given restaurant with all five senses, which, if you look at economically, increases the supply of services (great atmosphere, good food and good customer service), therefore, the customer receives more than they paid for. Jamaica is blessed with an impressive variety of local acts, making it viable for restaurants to provide this type of entertainment," he told The Gleaner.
Lumley went on to say that plans were already under way to secure more artistes for the roster, and encouraged fans to stay tuned for the exciting menu for the festive season. The restaurant has already introduced live carolling events on Sundays.