Photo by Sara Wood, SFA

Carena Ives

Carena Ives, with her mother in the kitchen by her side, opened Jamaica House in 1994 on West Broad Street near VCU. In 2007, she ventured to Chesterfield County on Midlothian Turnpike near Chippenham Parkway to open her second restaurant, Carena's Jamaican Grille.  When Jamaica House opened in the summer of 1994, it became the home away from home for island people living in Richmond. "That means on a Saturday morning when you're hankering for a plate of Ackee n' Salt fish and Fry Dumpling, or on a Friday afternoon the only thing you're hungry for is a steaming bowl Red Peas Soup, only place to satisfy those cravings in Richmond is Jamaica House."