Pimento Jamaican Kitchen’s secret sauce? Community spirit

Tomme Beevas
Tomme Beevas owns and operates Pimento Jamaican Kitchen.
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There’s a little Jamaica right here in Minnesota and it’s called Pimento Jamaican Kitchen.

Tomme Beevas started his restaurant 11 years ago with a $99 tent and a backyard grill.

Now he’s an award-winning chef and entrepreneur who’s opening two new locations this summer — one at 354 Wabasha St. in St. Paul and a second Minneapolis location at the new Bde Maka Ska pavilion.

Beevas has found a way to make his restaurants more than a place for food.

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Pimento Kitchen’s secret sauce is community spirit.

MPR News guest host Nina Moini speaks with Beevas about how his grandmother inspired his cooking and the vision for his business.

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MPR News guest host Nina Moini and Tomme Beevas at MPR News Headquarters in St. Paul on Thursday.
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This activity is made possible in part by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment‘s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.