Gareth Davis Sr, Gleaner Writer
Portland:After falling in love with arguably the most pristine parish in the island, Portland, entrepreneur Kaspar Deetke has brought a new style of mixed alcoholic beverages, which is unique, to the island and which is mild enough to warm the hearts and cravings of residents.
Deetke, who now operates a café and bistro along with a bar and lounge at a mall in City Plaza in Port Antonio, provides much-needed employment to the locals.
The entrepreneur, who is a German national, is not only determined to bring variety and uniqueness to the resort town, but also to provide a more relaxing atmosphere for community residents and visitors to the parish at his sports bar and grill.
"My decision to open up two businesses is justified," commented Deetke.
He added, "Port Antonio is a quiet and peaceful town that has lots of potential. And as it relates to tourism, this is where it all started. It was not by chance that I chose to visit Jamaica (Portland) in 1989, but because of the fact that I had heard so much about this land of paradise, and I wanted the Jamaican experience. I have basically opened up to the people of this parish, who are warm and friendly, and today, they are able to relax, dine, and drink at either facility, which this offers - relaxation and comfort."
Deetke's Café and Bistro offers coffee, pastry, pizzas, and sandwiches, while on the other hand, his newly opened bar and lounge offers a variety of local alcoholic beverages, including Red Stripe, Heineken, Tallawah, Appleton VX, and white overproof rum.
Additionally, food is served at the lounge straight from the nearby café.
Since the opening of the bar and lounge in August, it has become customary for residents to flock to that facility while interacting, dining, and sipping on the various beverages. The facility also provides entertainment in the form of karaoke, which takes place each Saturday evening.
Among the persons who have consistently poured into the newly opened establishment are doctors, nurses (Cubans and locals), the police, political figures, teachers, and attorneys.
Continuing, Deetke added: "I am trying to bring back the good old days when the people of this parish were tightly bonded and knitted. When I first arrived here, people would spend time talking to each other, extending courtesies, and complimenting each other. We need to slow down and take time out to relax and enjoy life's pleasures. I am well aware of the harsh economic climate, but in the midst of adversities, there is a need for calm, enjoyment, and socialisation. The support and response from residents is very encouraging."