Having a Dutch pot is a staple and part of the Jamaican culture. The Dutch Pot dates back to the Iron-Age. This was when man was experimenting in casting iron and creating all kinds of vessels, for a variety of reasons. The Dutch Pot is the only way to do authentic Jamaican cooking. It is because of The Dutch Pot that the heat and temperature is always consistent. This causes the food to cook evenly and not burn, which is why our food is always so delicious!
The Dutch Pot Jamaican Restaurant came into being in 1998 after my friend and l got laid off from our jobs, after being at home for a while, it was mentioned one day while both of us were at home wondering what we were going to do when all of a sudden the idea came to us “why don’t we start cooking and delivering to people we knew?” We started delivering food to one of my sisters, Jean, who is a cosmetologist, my other sisters, and a couple of friends that worked at nursing homes.
We greatly appreciate our loyal customers for trying our food and continuing to come back for more
During our discussion with our husbands, my husband (Mr. Marshall at the time was working with a drywall company doing framing and installing sheet rock) left and went to the swap shop where he bought a single burner stove and a gas cylinder. He brought it home and made a stand out of metal studs to place the stove on.
He set it up in the back yard and that was how my friend and I started to cook and deliver our food. Things picked up so much we could hardly handle the orders that came in, and then the thought came to mind, why don’t we open a restaurant? So we made the decision to do so.
Without hesitation my husband started searching for spaces and saw a space in the West Gate Plaza on 441 and Broward Boulevard and approached the property manager about renting the space, which was done.
We had placed a down payment on the space, and my friend and partner at the time got cold feet and backed out. I wasn’t sure what to do at first but I quickly made the decision to call my sister, Melony Gregory, and asked her if she wanted to be in business with me.
Without hesitation she said “yes”! During the process of getting the space ready we were trying to find the right name for the restaurant when a friend of mine from Chicago told us to call it The Dutch Pot in recognition of the type of pot we used back home in Jamaica.
The first Dutch Pot Jamaican Restaurant was opened in May 2000 at 111 North State Road 7 on Broward Boulevard in Plantation. The second Dutch Pot Jamaican Restaurant was opened in May 2005 at 6029 Kimberly Boulevard. The third location was opened in 2006 on Ives Dairy Road in Miami, which we sold in 2007. We then opened our forth location at Sunset Strip and 64th Avenue in Sunrise in August 2012.
To date we have proudly been doing business and running our services for fourteen years. Thanks to the heavenly father, the hard work of my family, employees, and most of all our valuable customers.
We greatly appreciate our loyal customers for trying our food and continuing to come back for more. We are grateful for everyone’s support, which allows us to do what we love, which is provide the South Florida community with delicious Jamaican cuisine.”