It’s all love at Chelly’s. Owned and operated by Parnette Peoples since 2013, the family-run operation is filled with loving energy and fabulous cuisine. This is a quaint, homey spot, serving up authentic Jamaican comfort food with a narrow dining area. It has counter service where to-go and pick-up orders are collected, but also seating for up to 50 people.
Peoples credits her daughter, Natalie McKay, with making it happen from day one. Her daughter, a doctor, financed the project. And as I dined at Chelly’s, I met Peoples’ daughter-in-law, husband and other family members, who all assist with making the family business work.
Peoples, who hails from Savannah-la-Mar in Jamaica and migrated to the United States in 2006, explains that her dream to be a chef and restaurant owner culminated in opening Chelly’s.
Their menu is filled with traditional Jamaican comfort foods and less typical offerings, including seafood like shrimp, lobster and conch. My server, Samantha, was also the manager on duty and was quick to suggest that I try their jerk chicken, curried conch and peppered shrimp.