Jerk Wings Cafe was created for you with the sole purpose of filling your tummy while feeding your soul. Chef Mark learned from the age of 3 years old that Jamaican food would always be a central part of his life. At that early age, when most grandkids would be bouncing on their Grandpa’s lap, young Mark was instead standing on the kitchen stool, peaking over the stove, inhaling those enchanting Caribbean spice aromas that he is so familiar with today.
This family, no matter what they would do in life, understands the importance that food and love plays collectively. Fortunately for you, they decided that they would open a restaurant that featured the same cuisine that Grandpa Gladstone exposed his young Grandson those many years ago.
That training and influence from Grandpa Gladstone did not end just as it started. Young Mark gladly was enlisted to carry on the family tradition of fine Jamaican food, the heart and soul of this cuisine. This is why they honor the Patriarch of the family by naming their restaurant, Jerk Wings Cafe, Gladstone’s Jamaican Cuisine. This is also why we refer to enjoying this food with Taste the Feeling of Jamaica, Then the Love from Our Food! It’s all about the love that makes this food special.
Of course the transition from family dinners to restaurant fare was bridged by way of catering and sharing the love of catered food directly to you. They found lots of success catering to many top organizations like MGM, Universal Music, Intuit and their employees. As a catering company, they may have continued that business if it wasn’t for a small obstacle called the pandemic that shut down their customer’s businesses as well as their own for an undisclosed period of time.
As a family, they always believed that good would always come out of what others perceived as bad (Covid 19). That downtime gave Chef Mark and his Mom, Yvonne Brooks, time to plan, test and finally find the perfect location to now bring this taste of Grandpa Gladstone’s cuisine of love to you.
Because this restaurant was conceived during the pandemic, its business model is based on pick-up and delivery. In fact, they have contracted with three separate delivery companies, Uber Eats, Grubhub and Postmates, to satisfy your next craving of traditional Jamaican Beef Patties, Jerk Wings, Braised Beef Oxtails and the growing list of Vegan Cuisine menu options. Of course, you can always drop in and meet us in person at our first location on the corner of Tampa Ave and Roscoe in Northridge, California. When you enter, be prepared have your senses overwhelmed with the smells, sounds and images of the islands. In fact its been suggested that the aromas wafting from the kitchen should be bottled and offered as an olfactory love potion.
Oh and don’t fret, if you’re a company, party planner or family wanting to make your home celebrations uniquely special, Jerk Wings Cafe is still offering catering and event services right from its kitchens. We did not want to abandon all of those people who originally tasted the love from their catered events.
And if that wasn’t enough, the catering division has morphed into a full fledge event company that includes the second most important element of Jamaican life, music and a new and very natural element, corporate and organizational team building. All of these elements are added services that continue sharing the Island love in many ways.
Stay tuned for the continuing stories and love affair of Jerk Wings Cafe, Gladstone’s Jamaican Cuisine with you.
Chef Mark Holloway & Jim Connolly
Jamaican food is more than sustenance for the body, a big part is that it nourishes the soul. Chef Mark and Jim Connolly, business developer and restaurant consultant, will share with you the meaning of "You can taste the feeling of Jamaica" though our food, stories and history. Jerk Wings Cafe is the embodiment of the spirit and love that Jamaica is known.