New entertainment venue to raise the 'Spiritz' of Hanover
The entertainment scene in the town of Hopewell, Hanover, got a well-needed boost on Friday with the opening of a new business entity, Spiritz of Hanover.
Spiritz of Hanover is a gourmet restaurant, sports bar and gaming lounge, located in the Hopewell Shopping Centre.
It provides what its proprietors say is a comfortable, contemporary, unobtrusive dining and leisure experience for both locals and tourist alike.
Owned by business partners Jeffrey Smith, CEO of Shalk Electronic Security Limited, and educator and entrepreneur Dr Karren Dunkley, the facility is expected to have an impact on the Hopewell community especially through the creation of jobs.
Member of Parliament for St Andrew East Rural Juliet Holness stood in for Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, who was overseas on assignment.
Holness cut the ribbon to officially declare the entity open, to the delight of patrons. She congratulated the Spiritz operators, whom she said she has been friends with from schooldays.
According to Holness, Hopewell is going to be richer for having Spiritz of Hanover there. She said that in addition to being a good entertainment spot, expectations are that the operators will be contributing significantly to the growth and development of the area.
She also encouraged the owners to always strive to promote Jamaica's rich culture and heritage, and renew the menu continuously by adding various local dishes which will make the business economically vibrant.
"When our tourist comes to Jamaica ... they want Jamaican food, they want Jamaican music, they want to get a feel of the Jamaican culture. So it really makes no sense for us to recreate what they are coming from and not share the beauty of our culture," she said.