NEWINGTON - Mayor Roy Zartarian, members of the Chamber of Commerce and Dolores Campbell, owner of Saz Jamaican Restaurant, cut the ribbon at the restaurant’s recent grand opening.
One of the restaurant’s workers, Camille Dennis, who is also Campbell’s niece, said her aunt has always dreamed of owning a restaurant, and seeing this moment come true makes her family very proud.
“To see it finally happening it is indeed joyful,” Dennis said. “I am grateful for her, I am happy for her to know that her dream has come to reality.”
Zartarian said he is happy to see a new restaurant in Newington.
“There is always room for more great food in Newington,” Zartarian said. “I like the leadership here, I want to welcome you. Caribbean food, West Indian food - that’s a big gap in Newington right now, so I am very happy you moved in, and that you are open for business, so all the best to you.”
The restaurant opened March 12, and Dennis said that so far the feedback has been very positive, and that the restaurant’s staff takes the business very seriously.
“Even though there’s a bar, and even though there’s music, we want to ensure that everything that we do remains above board, that you don’t have to worry about the kind of beef or anything,” Dennis said. “I think our standards will always be maintained, because we want to make sure that we keep on raising the bar with customer’s satisfaction, and it’s always about continuous improvement.”
Gail Whitney, executive director of the Newington Chamber of Commerce, said she’s excited about the new business and wants it to be successful.
Other members of the chamber said that what they like about the restaurant so far is that it offers “a whole new type of cuisine.”
Campbell said it has always been her vision to serve a healthy menu for the average person. She added that while she managed restaurants for many years, starting from scratch as the new owner is a challenge.
Saz Jamaican Restaurant is at 2095 Berlin Turnpike, and offers vegetarian food, gluten-free options and authentic Jamaican cuisine.
Some of the dishes served at the restaurant are curried chicken, zesty salmon, oxtail, Sazzy chicken, curried goat, soups, salads, and yard-style wings.
The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, the restaurant is open until 1 a.m.
Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079.