Chattanooga's only Caribbean restaurant to serve Team Jamaica on eve of historic match
Finley Stadium will soon be filled with fans, cheering on Team USA and Team Jamaica.
Team USA has been all over Chattanooga taking part in community events and getting ready for the match-up. On the eve of the historic game, one Chattanooga restaurant is helping Team Jamaica feel more at home.
Mrs. B's Reggae Cafe on Broad Street is the only restaurant in town serving food from the Caribbean islands.
When Chef Neville and Marilyn Forsythe learned Team Jamaica was scheduled to play not even a mile from their restaurant, they contacted organizers to host them for dinner.
"We want to show them southern hospitality, Jamaican-style," laughs Chef Neville.
The pair left Jamaica more than three decades ago. Two years ago, they opened up Mrs. B's Reggae Cafe.
"To open this restaurant, in this little spot, I think it was one of the best decisions we ever made," says Marilyn. They named the restaurant after her late mother, Frances Brown.
Normally, Mrs. B's menu rotates based on the day, but Thursday, they're pulling out all the stops.
"For our national team to play in Chattanooga, this is once-in-a-lifetime. Just incredible," says Chef.
Despite all that, he says he doesn't feel any added pressure cooking for his country's heroes.
"We do this every day."
As for Marilyn, she doesn't know what to say, other than saying it's an amazing opportunity.
"I have butterflies in my stomach!" she laughs.
There's not much time to chat, as they're busy preparing food for the team Thursday, and thousands of fans Friday.
To them, this experience is proof this is where they're meant to be.
"Right away, I felt like we need to be involved. Someway. Somehow," says Marilyn.
Mrs. B's Reggae Cafe will have a concession stand open at the South Gate of the stadium. Their restaurant will be closed so they can accommodate the fans.