Brian ‘Ribbie’ Chung and business partners Don Creary and Kamal Bankay have invested some $25 million into a new Ribbiz eatery and entertainment spot at Victoria Pier in downtown Kingston.

The new venture has created more than 40 jobs and is part of an expansion plan for Ribbiz that is being fueled by the principals’ confidence in the domestic economy.

“This venture is our first venture downtown but just a catalyst for many more,” Creary said at last Wednesday’s media launch of the Ribbiz Ocean Lounge, a hip bar and restaurant on the waterfront that adds to the continued revitalisation of downtown Kingston.

Chung, who is celebrating 30 years in entertainment, said bringing the Ribbiz brand to downtown Kingston and being part of the district’s revival efforts were “very dear” to him and his business partners.

“Entertainment for me is a passion, and coming downtown is a pleasure for brand Ribbiz,” said Chung, who is renowned for having found some of Jamaica’s most popular night spots including Cactus, Asylum and Quad.

The restoration of downtown Kingston began to take shape earlier this decade with communications leader Digicel betting big on the district when it invested some US$65 million to set up its global headquarters on Ocean Boulevard.

Today, the ongoing redevelopment of the commercial district is being boosted by the construction of the new 11-storey Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade headquarters on Port Royal Street; the completion of the new GraceKennedy headquarters on Harbour Street; and PanJam’s development of the former Oceana Hotel on the Kingston waterfront.

Victoria Pier, where the Ribbiz Ocean Lounge is located, also features Gloria’s Seafood City, Devon House I Scream, Island Coffee and the Ocean’s 7 Skybar.

Against that background, Bankay, who is also chairman of the sports and entertainment network in the tourism ministry, said Ribbiz Ocean Lounge represents an investment in the social environment of downtown Kingston and complements the other recent developments in the district.

Credit: Loop


November 6th, 2018

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