This 12 months, chef-owner Bilon “Richie” Bailey will cook dinner up jerk rooster, curried goat, and crimson pea soup in his Jamaican Supreme meals truck all winter. However that truck will keep parked beside a small store at 469 Lime Kiln Highway in South Burlington, behind Koenig Cedar. Bailey cooks within the truck and fills orders out of the brand new white-sided storefront.
Along with his patties, his hearty parts of coconut rice topped with a alternative of meats, and his sides of fried plantains and cabbage, Bailey provides just a few packaged merchandise, similar to canned ackee fruit and soursop leaf tea. The drinks cooler accommodates Jamaican sodas, similar to Ting and Jamaican Kola.
Bailey opened his meals truck in 2015, two years after shifting to Vermont from Jamaica. He normally closes within the winter, however the pandemic saved this summer time and fall a lot quieter than ordinary. “Enterprise was type of sluggish,” he mentioned. “I am making an attempt to stretch out the season.”
Paul Koenig, president and proprietor of Koenig Cedar, turned buddies with Bailey via the meals truck. A frequent traveler to Jamaica, Koenig mentioned he appreciates the meals and tradition.
Bailey saved his two meals vehicles behind Koenig Cedar final winter. After seeing his good friend’s enterprise endure from the pandemic, Koenig provided his outdated software restore store for Bailey to renovate right into a storefront that he might use to remain open via the chilly climate.
Jamaican Supreme is open Wednesday via Saturday, midday to six p.m. You too can attempt Bailey’s delicacies on the October 31 installment of North Finish Studios’ weekly multicultural takeout dinner collection, served from Winooski’s O’Brien Neighborhood Heart.