Local organization helps new Caribbean restaurant open in Derby City


 More flavors have come to Derby City.

Local organization Chef Space helps aspiring restaurant owners get their tables filled and registers full with classes, mentorship and connecting them with financial assistance.

Friday was the grand was opening of a new Open Caribbean Kitchen. The restaurant’s owner said a year ago he didn’t think this dream was possible.

Less than a year ago chef Ernest Pierre lost his job but his dream remained. Chef Space helped make his new restaurant a reality with classes, connections and Pierre’s unstoppable dedication.

Open Caribbean Kitchen is the newest restaurant to open in Derby City.

Treat your pallet to the spice of jerk chicken, the tenderness of oxtails and the twist of Chef Pierre’s Haitian culture on your plate. Pierre said in his culture, flavor is a must and will be found in every bite taken on the menu.

“It was missing it’s been missing,” said Pierre. “So the response and this being a foodie scene is amazing.”

Pierre joined the Chef Space program last November. He said there are a lot of entrepreneurs in Louisville that just need a chance.

Open Caribbean Kitchen is located on Poplar Level Road. It’s open Tuesday through Sunday, from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.