Jamaica Thymes is a small restaurant at the bottom of the steep hill I live on. It's got four tables and a small rotating menu of meat dishes with rice and peas, plus a case of fruit juices and sometimes ginger beer. The standard for Worcester takeout is incredibly cheap - $5 large pizzas, $4 full diner breakfasts. Jamaica Thymes is a little above this, both in what they're offering and in price. They're located in a stretch of neighborhood that isn't a destination for anyone who doesn't live here. The storefront was vacant for a couple of years before they opened, so there's a chance that people still aren't accustomed to this being an active business, although every time I go in there's a steady trickle of customers. Apart from the food, they boast on their good vibes (v true) and offer limited decor beyond their sunshine yellow walls, some Bob Marley artwork, and an ancient poster of black inventors that looks like it was someone's personal favorite memorabilia that got saved for years and years. I appreciate how great it is to have good takeout at the bottom of my block and how pleasant it is to eat jerk chicken or curried goat on the porch in warm weather.
One Large participant: AR
Name of black-owned business: Jamaica Thymes
Location: Worcester, MA
Race/ethnicity of participant: White