Situated on the corner of Fulton Street and Duffield Street is Imani Grill, a fast-casual restaurant that prides itself on providing authentic Caribbean food to the bustling metropolis of Downtown Brooklyn. Their offerings pay homage to popular dishes from the islands of Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Hispaniola, and more, all while perfectly emulating a homemade style. We spoke with Imani Grill’s Director of Operations, Dannielle Kellogg, and learned about the restaurant’s story, mission, fan-favorite menu items, and what’s coming soon.
DBP: Hi! Tell us about yourself and Imani Caribbean Grill. How did it all start, and what is the brand’s goal or mission?
Dannielle Kellogg (DK): Hi, I’m the director of operations for all the Imani restaurants, I’ve been with the company for four years now, and I’ve seen the brand grow in that time — including most recently with the grand opening of this location here.
The Imani story began when we opened our flagship restaurant four years ago on the corner of Adelphi St. and DeKalb Ave. in Fort Greene. The goal of the brand, first and foremost, is to provide an excellent dining experience. Our location here in Downtown Brooklyn is a more fast-casual offshoot of our flagship location, but we’re focused on creating a family-friendly vibe with a Caribbean fusion concept. When people walk through our doors, we want them to feel that island hospitality.
The menu was curated by our executive chef and part owner, Chef Banta, who used different dishes from different parts of the Caribbean to create that fusion concept, so you’ll see that some of our dishes are Haitian, some are Trini, some are Jamaican, and so on.