Junkanoo Island Kitchen and Rum Bar Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Set May 9 at Port Canaveral
By Space Coast Daily // May 3, 2019
Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. at the new 190-seat island-themed establishment
BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Junkanoo Island Kitchen and Rum Bar at Port Canaveral will conduct a grand opening on Thursday, May 9 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. at the new 190-seat island-themed establishment, located at 626 Glen Cheek Drive.
The restaurant was extensively renovated by partners Rich Hensel and Gary Foreman and is located directly on the water of Port Canaveral’s busy harbor.
“Patrons can enjoy panoramic views of cruise and cargo ships from the spacious covered “daiquiri deck” or dine inside and watch the preparations through the windowed, display kitchen,” said Hensel.
“Junkanoo features two spacious bars inside and out with large screen TVs and live music.”
The name “Junkanoo” is drawn from the annual parade and festival observed in the Bahamas at Christmas and New Year’s.
Appropriately, the ambiance of Junkanoo Island Kitchen and Rum Bar is come-as-you-are casual and fun and the interior is bright, colorful and airy with imaginative, re-purposed fixtures, furniture and décor.
“Large booths and community seating accommodate walk-in parties of all sizes and celebrations are welcome, spontaneous and frequent,” said Hensel.
“The exhibition kitchen serves up generous plates of island-inspired offerings like jerk chicken, blackened Wahoo, grilled churrasco rib eye steak, banana leaf steamed Corvina and hearty Ropa Vieja.”
Shareable plates of coconut shrimp, jerk wings, jalapeno hush puppies, conch chowder and house-made guacamole are accented with fresh mint mojitos, tall hurricanes and the ever-popular “painkiller” cocktail.
Junkanoo showcases an extensive stock of artisanal rums, ice-cold draft and bottled beers of the region and an abundant list of wines – all served in generous rations.
Junkanoo is open for lunch and dinner daily starting at 11 a.m. Happy Hour is most hours with discounts available Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The restaurant welcomes “walk-ins” and reservations for parties and gatherings of 10 to 100. To book a party call: 321-593-5865. Gift certificates are available for purchase at the restaurant or over the phone. To see the full menus please visit the website at JunkanooIslandKitchen.com or access Facebook or Instagram @junkanooislandkitchen
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