Ribbon-Cuttings For Two Black-Owned Businesses Sept. 30 – Village Free Press

By [email protected] | on September 29, 2023

Casa De Puros at 1117 S. 1st Ave. in Maywood will host a grand opening on Sept. 30. | File 

Friday, September 29, 2023 || By Michael Romain || [email protected] 

On Saturday, the Proviso Township area will host ribbon cuttings for two pioneering Black-owned businesses. 

JG’s Jerk Grill, 4848 Butterfield in Hillside, has been open since Aug. 26, but Saturday’s event is the restaurant’s official welcoming party, said co-owner Jacqulynn Guidry. 

“We are the first Black-owned Caribbean jerk restaurant in Hillside,” said Guidry, who owns the restaurant with her husband Marvin. 

“We’re excited to offer more food offerings that aren’t fried,” Jacqulynn said. “Our food is made with lots of love and preparation. It’s all made with recipes from our family and recipes we’ve curated and perfected over the years.” 

She said all orders over $50 will get 10% off on Saturday. The first 24 guests will receive samples of jerk rib tips. They’ll also raffle off three free lunch specials for the following week. The grand opening will occur from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

JG’s Jerk Grill, 4848 Butterfield in Hillside, has been open since Aug. 26. | File 

Another Black-owned business will host a grand opening in Maywood on Saturday. Casa De Puros, a cigar and smoking lounge, will open at 1117 S. 1st Ave. The grand opening and ribbon-cutting will occur at 1 p.m. 

The business was located at 7410 Madison St. in Forest Park for 15 years before moving to what used to be the Shrimp Spot. 

Co-owner Greg Walker told Forest Park Review in August that the Maywood space is larger and has two outdoor patios and a dedicated parking lot. 

Casa De Puros, which means House of Cigars in Spanish, may well be the first cigar lounge in Maywood.

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