Jamaica News, April 17, 2018 – Dumpling Cove Restaurant
NY: On a sunny spring Saturday afternoon that saw temperatures fluctuating between 72 and 40 degrees, New York food and music lovers including NYC councilman Andy King, came out to celebrate the launch of the Dumpling Cove Restaurant, located 1530 East 222 Street, Bronx, NY.
The event served up a mouthwatering menu of dishes ranging from jerk chicken, fish and shrimp. The launch also had a musical component with a live performance of the very entertaining Royal Khaoz Band.
The Dumpling Cove Restaurant is the brainchild of Jamaica born Kerieth Mair, who migrated to the USA in 1975. The Dumpling Shop (the original name of the business) was established in 1990. Mair started managing the store in 2002 and took control of its operations soon after his uncle returned to Jamaica. The restaurant quickly established itself as the top take-out joint for dumplings and fish in the northeast Bronx. After being in a rented building space for over 20 years, in 2012 Mair borrowed from his 401K and purchased a corner street building in the Bronx. Two years later he retired from his full time job as a Transit engineer to manage the Dumplin Shop. His vision was to transform the ‘Shop’ into a full-fledged sit-down restaurant.
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Today the full service restaurant serves excellent food in a clean and welcoming establishment. The “Cove” is open for business from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday -Wednesday and 6am – 2am Thursday to Saturday and on Sundays 6am -7pm. The sit-down restaurant offers a spacious seating area for customers, a bar and a small stage which is utilized for local area bands that play on Karaoke Thursday and on ‘live music’ Saturdays. For breakfast, the ackee and saltfish is pure delight, as is the calaloo, fried bammy, fried yellow plantains, boiled yam and green banana. For dinner, the menu offers the signature fried fish & dumpling, sizzling spiced jerked chicken, curry chicken & goat, oxtail, broiled shrimp, lobster and brown stew chicken. All meals are served with the option of white rice and peas, steam cabbage and plantains.
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Prior to the Dumplin Shop, Mair worked as an engineer at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, MTA, where he helped to write the specification for the design of the modern passenger fleet of the New York City Subway that emerged from modernization efforts in the 80’s. This was when the subway “was on the verge of collapse”. Sometimes referred to as New Millennium Trains, they are known for improvements in technology, energy efficiency, reliability, and comfort along with advanced passenger information systems.
Aside from being an engineer and a restaurateur, Mair is a philanthropist at heart. He gives generously to various charities including Team Jamaica Bickle, the Caribbean Day of Giving which assisted Caribbean nationals in the islands who were affected by hurricanes Maria and Irma; the Police Benevolent Association; the Alumni Association of Jamaica among others.