It all started with a question: why is Jamaican food not catered towards a modern crowd? This discussion turned into an obsession, and we decided to make something great. It wasn’t the quality of the food that was lacking. In fact, Jamaican food has a level of experimentation and quality that is truly unique and unparalleled.

The problem we faced was having to choose satisfying over healthy and flavor over presentation time and time again. We have seen so many cuisines go through the modernization that we believe Jamaican food has not yet experienced.

We launched Jrk! with the intent of building upon the techniques, flavors, and influences of traditional Jamaican recipes in a modern, healthy, and sustainable fashion. Our food is all about balance – we bring the delicious collision of flavor, health, and satisfaction to every dish.


Wayne Sharpe, Executive Chef + Head of Operations

Director of Operations Wayne Sharpe has over 20 years of business and kitchen management experience in advanced culinary roles. A native of Jamaica, Chef Sharpe comes by his passion for and knowledge of Jamaican cuisine naturally and he has also launched Escovitchez in Atlanta, the premier fine-dining Jamaican restaurant of the city. His experience in luminous presentation, and flawless service in the food-service industry is a strong asset in our formulation of this fast-casual venture.

Kavan Burke, Business Director

Kavan was born into hospitality, with culinary roots going back to his grandmother who operated a restaurant from the 1950’s to the 1970’s in Free Town. His life has always been surrounded by Jamaican food. Growing up in Jamaica, Burke was always in the kitchen with his mother, thereby developing a love for cooking. Burke has worked in the service industry for the last 20 years, constantly on a search for ways to share his love for Jamaican cuisine. As an outspoken health addict, his passion is brought to light in Jrk!, offering the cuisine of his homeland with his unique, healthy twist.

Our mission is to bring fast casual Jamaican cuisine to all without ever compromising on quality, health or our earth.

Health is Wealth, Mon.

Health and safety are our top priority. You can trust us to always put your health first. Our contactless checkout system and pick-up options offer safe ways for you to enjoy.

We Keep it Real.

We  are authentic and focused on community building. We care about your roots and are always true to ours. Our menu is carefully crafted to reflect Jamaican tradition through the influence of our 4 main ingredients.

One Earth, One Love.

Our business is designed to operate as lightly upon the Earth as possible. We promise to source all ingredients and packaging ethically.  Our packaging is 100% sustainable.

Quality Above All.

Our  low prices and modernization of the traditional Jamaican cuisine will never sacrifice our quality or traditional Jamaican staples.