Gar & Mar satisfies the taste of Jamaican cuisine at Berea: Around The Town

BEREA, Ohio — What would entice a local couple to open a Jamaican restaurant here?

Aside from the fact that Garry Lawson and his wife, Nadette James-Lawson, are native Caribbean Islanders, both originally from Jamaica and residents of Olmsted Falls since 1999, “there was no Jamaican restaurant in less than 50 miles from Berea,” Nadette said. .

She noted that Garry had run a restaurant in Sanford, Florida, and is now a chef at Gar & Mar.

The couple opened their restaurant Berea on July 4 at 10 Seminary St. – the former location of Campus Grille. And if you find the name of their new restaurant, Gar & Mar, a little curious — like me — Nadette offered the explanation.

In Jamaica, she says, parents give their children the equivalent of what we in America would call a nickname and “it becomes something that the community knows you. Mine (nickname) is Maria. My mother called me Maria. My husband – they call him Garry, but it’s pronounced “Gah-ry”.

I must confess that I have never eaten in a Jamaican restaurant, and although I have not tried the food yet, I did ask about the “stir-fry” dishes.

“The spice and the flavor define it, she said. “We like the earthy spice and the hot sauce, overall.”

Guests will find oxtail, shaken chicken, rice and peas and goat curry on the menu, as well as stewed brown chicken, stewed beef, ribs and jerk pork dishes, as well as a selection of pasta, fish and chicken dishes, salads and Jamaican breakfasts.

So how about a good old-fashioned American burger?

“It’s not on the menu,” Nadette said, but they’ll make you a jerk burger, which she describes as “a beef patty with jerk seasoning.”

Gar & Mar restaurant hours are 11:00 AM to 7:30 PM Monday through Thursday, 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM Friday and Saturday, and 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM Sunday. The restaurant can be reached at 440-403-9252 or online at

Library survey: The Cuyahoga County Public Library System is seeking feedback on its facilities master plan to guide improvements over the next 10 years.

Currently, he is targeting Brook Park residents who are not regular library users to share their ideas and help the library administration maintain the best space and facilities in town.

“Over the next three weeks, we hope you will take a few minutes to complete a brief questionnaire, share it on social media, or forward it to local friends and family who are not typical library users,” said Shayna Muckerheide, director of the Brook Park Library.

The Brook Park Branch of the Cuyahoga County Library is located at 6155 Engle Road and can be reached at 216-267-5250.

Take part in the online survey at

History of Metroparks: Doug Kusak will speak at 7 p.m. July 20 at the Berea Historical Society and History Center, 118 E. Bridge St. The topic will be the history of Cleveland Metroparks.

President’s list: Janelle Ludwick of Berea and Allison Ellis of Brook Park have been named to Capital University’s list of presidents for the spring semester.

Capital has three lists indicating academic distinction among full-time degree-seeking students. They include the President’s List, the Provost’s List, and the Dean’s List.

The President’s list indicates the highest level of academic distinction. Students must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.85 on a 4-point scale to be nominated.

New graduate: Congratulations to Ashoknaidu Gedela of Middleburg Heights, who graduated from the University of the Cumberlands with a Master of Science in Information Technology.

Cumberlands is located in Williamsburg, Ky., and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and online programs.

With honor: Congratulations to Ethan O’Brien-Scheffer of Berea, who graduated from the University of Miami, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts and a major in Creative Writing and Italian Studies.

Treasure hunt : The City of Middleburg Heights will hold a scavenger hunt beginning at 11 a.m. on August 6.

Family and friends are invited to participate. Their missions: to solve the puzzles and reach as many easily recognizable destinations and landmarks throughout the city as possible.

Each team will need a vehicle to participate in the “hunt”. Each participating team will assemble in the parking lot of the Middleburg Heights Community Center, 16000 Bagley Road (nearest Kobak Field).

A recreation staff member will hand out the clue sheet, assign a number to your team, and review the rules.

All teams will return to the Community Center at 12:30 p.m. to tally the scores and award the winning team.

The event will end with ice cream for everyone.

Register on line at

For the Parc des Écorces: A Pack the Park raffle held June 10 at the Teamz Restaurant, 6611 Eastland Road in Middleburg Heights, raised $4,500 for the new Tri-City Bark Park.

Fundraising included raffle baskets, a 50/50 raffle and buffets. Guy Turner, chairman of the Bark Park Committee, said the funds will be used to buy t-shirts and equipment for the park.

Bark Park is supported by the towns of Berea, Brook Park and Middleburg Heights and is located on Sheldon Road.

SCAN Hunger Center Pantry: 39 W. Bagley Road, Williamsport Plaza. 440-260-7226. Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Friday of the month and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. the fourth Friday.

Pantry of Street Ministries: 1480 Bagley Road, 440-239-0549. Open from noon to 2 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Ride in love: Free hot meal from 2-4 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month at St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church, Keller Center, 66 Adalbert Street. Eat in or take away. The next meal is Sunday, then August 21.

Free community meal: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 276 E. Bagley Road, served 5-6 p.m. second and last Wednesday of the month. Drive-up only. The next meal is July 27.

People’s Community Church Pantry: 628 Wesley Drive, 440-234-0609. Open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month. The next open pantry will be Saturday, then August 20.

Pantry for animals: Animal Rescue Friends, 10015 E. River Road, Columbia Station, 10 a.m. to noon every Sunday. Contact 440-234-2034 or [email protected] for more information.

Mini pantry: There are two small free food pantries located near the People’s Community Church, 628 Wesley Drive, and the Berea Branch of the Cuyahoga County Library, 7 Berea Commons. The Prospect Pantry is on the corner of Prospect Street and Jacqueline Drive.

Senior lunches: Monthly Elders Luncheon at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 276 E. Bagley Road in Berea. Lunches are $5 and are served at noon on the second Tuesday of each month. The next lunch is July 12. For more information, call Michelle Skutt at 440-234-6080.

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