Call To The Bar : Deon & Lisa's Pub is Scotts Pass' chill spot
If you're heading through Clarendon and need a place to just sit back and relax for a bit, Deon and Lisa's Pub, right along the Scott's Pass main road, is a good place to stop.
The rustic watering hole is named for Deon Morant and her sister, Lisa. Deon, who has been manning the bar full-time since last year, said it was Lisa who came up with the idea initially.
"We wanted to be entrepreneurs, so we had one that we rented, but then we decided let's build our own," she said.
She admitted it was challenging at first, but they got copious amounts of help from members of the community.
The sisters were born and raised in Scotts Pass and never thought of opening an establishment anywhere else.
Deon and Lisa's Pub served its first drinks in 2004 and there has never been a dull year.
Surprised by success
"I'm surprised by the success over the years because the economy has been up and down, but people still come by," Morant said.
She attributes the success to it being "not just a pub".
"I hear people say it's a landmark now," she laughed. "Over the years, I try to display good customer service. Other bars have opened, some have closed, but we're still here. We just a gwaan keep the faith."
Lisa migrated six years ago, but Deon was more than ready to take on the leadership role.
One of her must-attend events is her weekly Friday Cookout, which sees roast fish and soup complementing the libations.
But according to Deon, there is no 'best day' for sales.
"The customer decides that. Even on a Wednesday, for instance, sometimes I close at 1 a.m. when generally in the community things are dead by 10 p.m.," she said. "So I don't have 'good' or 'bad' days."
For some of her most loyal customers, like Robert Wade, they don't need a special day to come by.
"All when we nuh have nuh money, we come. Deon nah tun we back," he joked, sipping a Pepsi 'special' (a drink of white rum and the popular soda).
Deon nods smiling, adding, "A customers like him put my pot pon fire. Some a di men in the area, as dem get pay, dem come support me."
In no time, the small pub is filled with thirsty travellers from as far as St Thomas to the east, and Trelawny to the west, and local customers.
"Dis yah a di hot spot," said Kevin Bailey, another Scotts Pass native. "Every truck man stop yah so."
Deon has thought about expanding, but the land space doesn't really allow. So what about possibly relocating?
"I'm not sure. I'd have to think about it because I would love to expand, but I wouldn't want to leave the community," she said.