70 Shank Painter Road

70 Shank Painter Road, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

70 Shank Painter Road, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

70 Shank Painter Road, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

70 Shank Painter Road, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

Natessa Flowers, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

Natessa Flowers, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

Apart from an occasional green-yellow-and-black saltire flag, there has been little physical evidence until recently of the growing Jamaican presence at the Cape end. But in 2014, Natessa Flowers (pictured) repainted the abandoned shack at No. 70 in the Jamaican national colors and opened Irie Eats. She first came to town from Petersville in 1998 on an H-2B visa to work at Clem & Ursie’s. A permanent resident since 2009, she is raising her daughter here and running her own small business, with a name connoting in Jamaican patois that everything is all right. Offerings include plantain porridge, ackee and saltfish, escovitch fish, curried goat, and marinated oxtail. Her siblings — Kevon and Evon Campbell, Wycliffe Johnson, and Rashilda Jemeison — also live on the Cape and work in town.


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