How we started...
In 1978, Vincent HoSang and his wife, Jeanette opened and operated a fast-food fried chicken restaurant in the West Bronx and added Jamaican cuisine, such as oxtail, curried goat and Jamaican beef patties to the menu. In 1980, the HoSangs acquired a small bakery on Dyre Ave in the Bronx, and named it Royal Caribbean Bakery. By offering quality products and service, they soon increased business to the point where they outgrew the facility. The HoSangs purchased a 73,000 square foot facility in Tappan, New York that became the corporate headquarters and manufacturing center for Caribbean Food Delights and is now the largest Jamaican frozen food manufacturing plant in the world. JerkQ'zine revolves around Caribbean Food Delights' concept of establishing JerkQ'zine quick service restaurants and then supplying them with traditional Caribbean Food Delights products and newly developed signature JerkQ'zine products.
Jeanette and Vincent HoSang were born on the small island of Jamaica. They migrated to the United States in their 20s to look for better opportunities. Jeanette continued her education at Pace University to become a Registered Nurse and Vincent worked in a briefcase factory and later became a milkman.
After they married and started a family, they used their savings to purchase a fried chicken store. It was there they introduced Jamaican cuisine to the public and the popular Jamaican patties that would launch them from a mom and pop shop to one of the largest manufactures of Jamaican frozen food in the world.
In 1977, Vincent and Jeanette started a family. They had four children, Damian, Sabrina, Simone and Brian. The HoSangs instilled hard work ethics into their children. With much pride and enthusiasm, Brian HoSang managed JerkQ'zine Caribbean Grille until his fatal motorcycle crash on May 12, 2008 at the tender age of 24 years old. He is surely missed by everyone including our patrons. Thank you for sharing your fond memories of his life.
Today, you will find the HoSang's oldest son, Damian, managing the store with Jeanette, herself, in the kitchen helping out. A former cashier, turned close friend of the family, Alessa, can be found managing in the morning. As you can see, this is a small, family business run by a hard working family.
JerkQ'zine Caribbean Grille started as a franchise concept. You may still see our ads on our affiliates' trucks as we are still operating our third location in Mount Vernon, NY. Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting franchise applications. Thank you for your interest.