Boston Jerk Centre allowed to reopen after renovation
The internationally renown Boston Jerk Centre in Portland was yesterday approved for reopening, a month after it was closed by a team from the Ministry of Health, The STAR understands.
Public health officials shut down the world-famous site in January after several public health breaches including poor sanitation and preparation of meat which was unfit for human consumption, among other things.
According to mayor of Port Antonio Wayne McKenzie, the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCO) provided in excess of JMD$500,000 used to build an abattoir (slaughter house) and a septic tank to collect animal waste and blood from the abattoir.
"There were several other issues, including the construction of counters, wash basins, and garbage receptacles, which are now in place. And, of course, all the vendors are now dressed in black and white," said McKenzie who was present at the official opening of the site believed to be the original birth-place of jerk.
McKenzie told The STAR that Boston Jerk Centre is set to receive further renovations that will make it a convenient attraction site.
"TPDCO is also trying to acquire some land nearby to further enhance the property. They want to build one more slaughter house and new sanitary convenience to accommodate the public," the mayor said.