When the pandemic hit, Frisco resident Juline Mathe was pressured to get inventive.
She wanted to discover a new solution to make earnings after her profession as a flight attendant got here to a halt.
“When the virus hit, I discovered myself sitting at residence and occupied with how I went from a flight attendant that always wakened in several international locations to being at residence on a regular basis,” she mentioned.
Mathe had all the time thought of opening a restaurant, however typically concluded it will be an excessive amount of work. However as soon as her favourite native Jamaican restaurant, Reggae Pit Cease, closed she knew it was time to leap into the trade and Renee’s Jerk Hen was born.
Having grown up in Jamaica, and born right into a household of cooks, it was already in her blood.
Mathe’s mom owned a restaurant in Montego Bay, Jamaica, that she used as inspiration when she opened up Renee’s Jerk Hen meals trailer in November, although she mentioned considered one of her mom’s dishes — the southern-fried rooster — can’t be matched.
Renee’s Jerk Hen launched with a bang, she mentioned, and he or she was promoting out day by day for the primary two months as she catered occasions and parked at numerous spots that allowed her there. However when the brand new 12 months hit, she couldn’t get a allow to park her meals trailer because of a metropolis ordinance.
She mentioned she felt hopeless till one other restaurant proprietor despatched her a message, asking the place she can be positioned, so he might order a plate. Not understanding that he had grown up in Brooklyn, or that he owned a restaurant himself, she broke the information that they had been briefly unable to serve their Jamaican delicacies.
Shortly after in late January, Ram Mehta opened up the car parking zone of In-Fretta Pizza and Wings in Plano to Mathe’s meals truck. She didn’t imagine it at first, however now she describes him as her “fairy godfather.”
“Generally you don’t understand how one thing so insignificant to you may make a world of distinction,” Mathe mentioned. “I actually didn’t know what I used to be going to do.”
Mehta has been widely known for gifting away free meals through the pandemic.
“It’s all about giving again to the group and the world will give again to you,” Mehta mentioned.
As the town works to ease restrictions, Renee’s Jerk Hen nonetheless units camp within the car parking zone of Mehta’s restaurant. Throughout a current planning and zoning fee assembly, members beneficial to the council to amend the town zoning ordinance and ease restrictions on meals vans in public areas.
Even when restrictions have been eased, Mathe mentioned the 2 restaurant house owners will proceed to work with each other. The 2 are partnering to host a veteran’s occasion on the In-Fretta location in Plano on March 19.
Renee’s Jerk Hen presents quite a lot of jerk rooster dishes — together with pitas, salads, stuffed patties and sandwiches — in addition to curry goat and a Jamaican beef patty.
Renee’s Jerk Hen is positioned at In-Fretta Pizza and Wings, 5588 TX Freeway 121, Suite 300, Plano.