Bradenton will be jammin' again soon

Restaurant and food truck coming soon

jdeleon@bradenton.comMarch 22, 2013 

Bradenton will be jammin' again.

The recent mysterious closing of Jamrocks has left some local residents wondering where to get their spicy patties, curry chicken or reggae fix.

Bradenton everyting "gonna be irie."

While the former owners of Jamrocks have gone their separate ways, the good times will go on just down the street at Jamaica Breeze Restaurant and Lounge or look out for Jamrocks, the food truck, coming to a street near you.

"I don't worry about tat, it's gonna be alrite," Jamaican Breeze owner Rodney Williams said. "As soon as the doors open, the word will spread."

After being part of the success of Jamrocks for the five years, first in Longboat Key, then in Bradenton Beach and for the last year three years at its most recent location at 5917 Manatee Ave W. Williams hopes to re-attract most of his former customers with good food, drinks and live music.

Plans to open the new Jamaica Breeze at 420 67th St. W. are for sometime in April.

"Right now, every Friday I get together with some of my customers," William said. "I still have a good relationship with them."

Jamaica Breeze will open six days a week, closing only on Mondays. It will open 11 a.m. daily with the kitchen closing at 10:30 p.m.

Fridays and Saturdays the bar will stay open until 2 a.m. and possibly the rest of the week as long as there is a crowd to keep the party going.

While the kitchen will be officially closed, finger food will still be available late night.

Jamaica Breeze also will boast a full liquor bar with daily drink specials. The kitchen will offer authentic Jamaican cuisine with fresh seafood specials.

"We don't do frozen," Williams said.

Patrons can also look forward to live music on the weekends. Fridays will feature a steel drum band from 7 to 10 p.m., with a DJ keeping the jams going afterward.

Saturday's patrons will be able to jam to a reggae band. Currently, Williams is also working on lining up a blues band for Sunday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m.

Williams, originally from Montego Bay on Jamaica's northwest coast, had hoped to open sooner, but Manatee County Code Enforcement stopped work on the kitchen for a lack of proper permit to install the kitchen hoods.

Williams says he is working on getting the appropriate permit, and meanwhile has nearly completed construction on the lounge and bar area.

For information on Jamaica Breeze or to see the menu visit

The Jamrocks name will be rolling through town in a few months as his former wife, Sandy Williams, says she is in the planning stages of starting a food truck bearing the name, Jamrocks. "We are going to have a scaled down menu," Sandy Williams said. "The same chef will be cooking."

While her food truck won't be rolling out quite yet, Sandy Williams hopes to be operational in a few months in the Bradenton area.

Jessica De Leon, Herald Reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. Follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.

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