Jamaican Pat plans new gumbo shop in NewBo City Market

Opening precedes programs for a 2nd Cajun foods truck

Jamaican Pat plans new gumbo shop in NewBo City Market

Patrick Rashed, owner of Caribbean Kitchen, poses for a portrait on Jan. 14, 2022, at NewBo Town Sector in Cedar Rapids. Before long, Rashed, acknowledged as “Jamaican Pat,” designs to open a gumbo store. (Geoff Stellfox/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Ten decades after he opened Caribbean Kitchen area, Jamaican Pat is making ready to open up a new gumbo shop in NewBo Town Current market.

Soon after transferring around a few occasions and residing out of a meals truck, operator Patrick Rashed moved his Jamaican specialties back into NewBo. Now, he’s prepared to develop.

Extra fat Pat’s Gumbo Yaya is an notion he’s been tossing close to for 8 many years. His gumbo recipe, served at the time in a though at Caribbean Kitchen area, usually sells out speedily.

When he was about 18 decades aged, Rashed attempted gumbo in New Orleans for the initial time.

“It was magical,” he mentioned.

Now at age 55, he’s all set to flip it into its personal thought with options to open up Sept. 1. It will be one of the only especially New Orleans-inspired eating places open in Cedar Rapids.

With inspiration from a Creole grandmother’s recipe in New Orleans, Rashed will provide gumbo in quite a few versions together with sides like soiled rice with pink beans, and etouffee, a shellfish dish with blond roux over rice.

In a departure from standard gumbo, his recipe does not rely on what New Orleanians refer to as “the holy trinity” — onions, bell peppers and celery. His major recipe, adapted from the to start with a person he ever tasted, utilizes seafood stock boiled from shrimp shells.

Quite a few yrs in the past, Rashed hoped to open the thought inside of the planned Cedar Bayou h2o park, which never materialized.

By following summer season, he hopes to open a next food items truck just to provide Cajun foodstuff on the streets.

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