Skyaa’s Caribbean Restaurant dishing up island-inspired flavors in Cayce

If you're in the mood for something island-inspired, check out Skyaa's Caribbean Restaurant in Cayce. (photo by Rachel Ham)

Skyaa’s Caribbean Restaurant is serving up the best of chef Skyaa Gauntlett’s dishes in Cayce. (photo by Rachel Ham)

Tonya Hamilton and Rashad Savoy have launched their first restaurant with a family friend manning the kitchen. The partners opened the doors of Skyaa’s Caribbean Restaurant, Bar and Grill last month and on Friday were welcomed into the West Metro Chamber of Commerce.

“There’s nothing like this in the area,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton and Savoy recruited Skyaa Gauntlett, a close friend and chef, to help them with their venture after years of working in the service industry. Gauntlett now can create his best dishes for everyone, inclunding new customers and people who’ve enjoyed his cooking for years.

“Skyaa is known in Columbia for his Jamaican food,” Savoy said.

Gauntlett guaranteed people won’t be disappointed with their order.

“I’m going to try my best to keep my food the way it’s supposed to be,” he said.

Savoy said customers’ favorite menu items since the July 7 opening have been jerk chicken, red snapper and oxtail.

West Metro Chamber President and CEO Gregg Pinner said Holland Avenue, where the restaurant is located, has been a profitable area for businesses in the past.

“We get a lot of traffic,” Savoy agreed. “We plan on being here for a long time.”

Cayce Mayor Elise Partin and City Councilman Skip Jenkins represented the city Friday at the ribbon cutting.

“We always love a new business in the city … I know lots of people are looking forward to Skyaa’s food,” Partin said.

More information about the menu and meal specials can be found on Skyaa’s Caribbean Restaurant, Bar and Grill’s Facebook page.

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