New York-based Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill comes to Boston

Jamaican food chain’s next Boston site will be in Dudley Square

Sandra Larson | 4/5/2017, 10:22 a.m.
Mattapan residents, Greater Boston’s Caribbean community, local elected officials celebrated the grand opening of Boston’s first Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery ...
Mayor Martin Walsh performs the official ribbon-cutting for the new Golden Krust Bakery & Grill in Mattapan Square, along with CEO Lowell Hawthorne (at right) and members of the extended Hawthorne family who came from New York to attend the grand opening celebration. Photo: Mayor’s Office photo by Jeremiah Robinson

A growing presence

So far, 18 people are employed at the Blue Hill Avenue restaurant. A second location is expected to open this summer in Dudley Square. These two will be corporate stores, according to Steve Ament, vice president of franchise operations for Golden Krust, but after the firm’s presence is established here an additional seven to 10 individually-owned franchise opportunities will be available.

Cecile Grossett, a Jamaican-born Dorchester resident, said she comes to Golden Krust nearly every day, often stopping in for breakfast straight from a night shift as a nurse at a Boston hospital.

“My number one favorite is the ackee and saltfish,” she said, naming one of the restaurant’s Caribbean breakfast specialties. Other favorites include jerk chicken, goat head soup and stew peas and rice, she said.

Authentic flavor

Grossett was at the grand opening with two friends who drive frequently from Brockton to visit Golden Krust. The trio mentioned that they had been familiar with the Golden Krust chain already from visits to New York City.

“The spicy beef patties are good,” said one of the friends. “That’s what we eat in Jamaica.”

Mattapan resident Andrew Sharpe is board president of the nonprofit Authentic Caribbean Foundation. He said the opening of the new restaurant is important for the local Caribbean community. He believes such events also help strengthen the effects of the U.S.-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act signed in December 2016 that aims to increase economic cooperation with Caribbean governments and people.

Sharpe, who is Jamaican, hosts a Boston Caribbean Diaspora Meetup group that gathers regularly at Golden Krust.

“The Caribbean community supports each other,” he said.