From dishwasher to gourmet restaurant owner, a Haitian immigrant celebrates Haitian Heritage Month

Haitian dishes at Kalalou restaurant

Whole Snapper…Haitian/Jamaican Style Cuisine at Kalalou Restaurant

Guest enjoying oxtail starter with black/mushroom rice with a glass of wine

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, USA, May 20, 2022 / — The month of May is Haitian Heritage Month in many states in the United States, especially Florida, and May 18 is also a big day in Haiti and in various Haitian communities living nationwide. Kalalou Caribbean Bar & Grill, a Haitian and Caribbean restaurant in Orlando, is also joining in the celebration by offering two full meals for $18 in honor of May 18.

Kalalou is one of the few authentic Caribbean restaurants in Central Florida that offers a full bar with dine-in and take-out service for fresh, “home-cooked” style meals instead of fast food. Kalalou has become a household name in the Central Florida Caribbean community, especially in the Haitian community.

Founded in 2018 by a Haitian American immigrant whose first job was a dishwasher, Eli Verty emigrated at age 21 from Haiti to Florida. Arriving in the United States in the 90s, Eli started his first job as a dishwasher working in many establishments, from small to large restaurants. From doing extra odd jobs to driving a cab all over town, he noticed that most ethnic Caribbean restaurants were just small take-out restaurants. For a good sit-down dinner with friends and family, people had to go to mainstream chain restaurants just to get a good dinner vibe, even if they preferred authentic Caribbean cuisine. That’s when Eli had his “aha moment” and was inspired to one day open a restaurant there.

With the help of his two friends, Philippe and Mckenson, Eli launched Kalalou in 2018 in Central Florida. Customers can not only enjoy take-out and drive-thru, but the casual-style restaurant offers full-service dining, ambience and ambiance for all occasions. Kalalou is located less than a mile from Orlando’s Millenia Mall on Conroy & John Young, with a second location launching after just 4 years, Kalalou Signature, offering a fine dining experience in fall 2022. “Here at Kalalou , we are so honored to play a small part in creating special memories in our community. Whether it’s engagements, graduation celebrations, baptisms, birthdays or family time, we are honored to provide our customers with a great experience while enjoying great authentic Caribbean cuisine in a fun atmosphere with excellent services,” added George, Kalalou’s kitchen supervisor.

Blending a fusion of Caribbean cuisines, Kalalou offers Jamaican dishes like whole snapper, jerk chicken, chicken curry, with a concentration of Haitian favorites such as Joumou soup, Lalo jute leaf stew, goat cheese, the conch/lambi and the fried pork Griot. The restaurant has online ordering, delivery and also drive-thru capacity, pivoting during COVID until today. The location also features happy hour, chef’s specials, live music, and weekend brunch.

For the whole month of May, from May 18 for Haitian flag day, the restaurant offers $18 promotions for all choice meals and community favorite top sellers. A 2-meal special for $18 with a choice of Chicken or Fried Griot/Pork (Dine in or Drive Thru), and another $18 special for all main meals that normally cost between $25 and $35 per plate. Now, customers can enjoy a whole snapper, goat, oxtail, and skirt steak, all for just $18 (dinner on site only). This special is running May 18 through the end of May to celebrate Haitian Heritage Month. “Although the cost of food has increased dramatically, this special is a small way to say thank you to the community for all their support. There’s no better way to celebrate Haitian Heritage Month than with a good Haitian cuisine and even great prices,” said Eli, the owner.

Learn more about Kalalou Caribbean Bar & Grill:
Kalalou Caribbean opened on August 31 with the goal of transforming Caribbean and Haitian restaurants into the City Beautiful. You will be able to taste fresh hot dishes such as: jerk, curry and stew of Creole chicken, with oxtail, griot/fried pork, tasso, rice and beans, black mushroom rice, vegetable/legume stew, fritay platter combo , fish/coarse salt fish. , Conch/Lambi, salmon and many other delicious traditional Caribbean dishes. The menu contains foods such as: conch, vegetable stew, whole snapper, steak, oxtails, wraps and much more. Kalalou’s menu also offers vegan and vegetarian options such as their Curry Potato Stew and Avocado Bean Stew. For faster service for pickup and drive-thru, customers are encouraged to call ahead – 407-286-5539 or order online through the restaurant’s website . Kalalou also delivers via ubereats or hubgrub.

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Restaurant address: 5160 South John Young Parkway, Orlando FL 32839 | (407) 286-5539

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