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Di Grill Shack hits the spot

Published:Thursday | May 10, 2012 | 12:00 AM
George Makhoul (centre), owner and manager of Di Grill Shack, takes some time away from the grill to smile for our lens with other members of staff. - photos by Chadwyck Vassell
For all those non-meat lovers, rest assured that Di Grill Shack has a few options for you. Here is the delectable salmon burger that's a crowd-pleaser.

Want Promising food that is offered nowhere else in the Sovereign Centre? Check out the new fast-food eatery that opened just a mere two weeks ago. It is Di Grill Shack. From burgers of all types to ribs, this new eatery is perfect for the meat-loving foodie on the go - and even the vegetarians to boot.

Restaurant Manager George Makhoul shared the reason for opening up this new venture with Food.

"Sovereign is the perfect spot for a food venture of this nature because this is the kind of food that nobody else has."

According to Makhoul, people are grateful for the opening of this new restaurant and the prices are easy on the pocket.

"A food outlet where customers can get foods - such as burgers and hot dogs - grilled right before you has been absent from the Sovereign Centre food court," Makhoul said.


He revealed that the most-talked-about items on the menu are the ribs, half- or full-rack, as well as the chicken and salmon burgers, and the mushroom and Swiss cheese burger.

The new eatery now has a staff of six, but are in the process of taking on two additional people.

Starting a fast-food business is no easy feat - especially in Jamaica, where customers 'stick to the evils they know' - and brand loyalty is something that is upheld. But Makhoul said he was up to the challenge coming from an international fast-food chain with a local franchise.

Plans to expand

Still relatively new to the food industry in Jamaica, Makhoul has plans to branch out.

"We are, indeed, planning to branch out as long as the location is right. However, we have to perfect this one and then move forward."

An expert in Mediterranean cuisine, he revealed that a few items from that genre might soon be incorporated into the menu.

"You never know," he joked.

Located at the Sovereign Centre Food Court, the opening hours are Mondays to Thursdays 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sundays noon-9 p.m. Contact: 978-3463.