Caribbean Appleton restaurant closes due to fire

Appleton, Wisconsin – The Jerk Joint, a Trinidadian restaurant located at 1619 W. College Ave., Suite D, will undergo a temporary closure for repairs and a complete remodel. This follows a minor fire incident on March 6th that originated from a malfunctioning meat smoker within the establishment.

While the fire itself was contained and resulted in minimal flame damage, smoke significantly impacted the kitchen area, particularly under the ventilation hood, and partially affected the dining room. Fortunately, the neighboring business, Nine. Two. Zero Salon, experienced only a one-day closure due to the incident and is currently fully operational.


The Jerk Joint’s ownership, Mr. Roderick Goodwin and his wife Fay, have taken this opportunity to not only address the fire damage but also implement a long-awaited renovation of the dining space. This closure will allow for the installation of new tables and booths, along with an upgrade to in-house dining plates and cutlery. These changes mark a shift towards a more prominent focus on dine-in service, complementing the restaurant’s existing takeout offerings.

Mr. Goodwin has hinted at the possibility of the Jerk Joint transforming into a Caribbean buffet upon its reopening, further enhancing the dining experience. With this said, the fire could have inadvertently led to a new business model.


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