by Bob Peters at choosecornwall.ca – Flavours from the Caribbean are now available at The Spicy Pearl Restaurant in downtown Cornwall.
Lee Theodore and Roger Caron, co-owners of the Spicy Pearl, have
spent the past couple of months updating one of Cornwall’s oldest
buildings into a warm and inviting bistro. The 1200 sq/ft restaurant is
set to open this week and will offer a variety of Caribbean dishes at
The business concept started more than five years ago with a discussion at a Boys and Girls Club Annual General Meeting.
“A room full of good people gave us our push into a wonderful running start and I am forever grateful,” said Mr. Theodore.
From there, Theodore hosted over forty pop-up events, working to
perfect his vision while gauging the community’s interest in his
offerings. Caribbean flavours were fairly new to Cornwall, but the
pop-up events were well received, ultimately leading Mr. Caron and Mr.
Theodore to the decision to create a permanent restaurant.
“The roots of the flavours we offer are anchored in Haitian and
Jamaican cuisine, respectively and respectfully,” Mr. Theodore stated.
“We’ll also be tapping into ‘fusion foods’ coming by way of the Thai
heritage but for now, the many staples of our Caribbean traditions will
be front and centre.”
Caribbean cuisine is a fusion of African, Asian, Creole, Cajun,
European, and Latin American cooking, amongst others. Over time, these
influences created styles that are unique to the region.
The Spicy Pearl has a diverse menu that ranges from fish dishes to
curry chicken and goat, along with Tchaka, a hearty Haitian stew.
The Spicy Pearl is located at 9 First Street E, in Cornwall, and will
be open during the hours of 11 am – 9 pm from Tuesday to Saturday. They
can be reached by phone at 613-363-4050 or online at: