Friday, 23 March 2012 01:46
Rituals Sushi restaurant opens in St. KittsWritten by CUOPM
St. Kitts and Nevis' Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (third from left), Mr. Victor Williams; Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Sen. the Hon. Richard Skerritt and Mr. Michael Martin were among guests.
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – St. Kitts made history on Saturday with the grand opening the first Rituals Sushi in the world at Frigate Bay.
Franchise owner, Mr. Mario Sabga-Aboud, who has restaurants around the Caribbean, said the opening of the Rituals Sushi, brings to five the number of restaurants the company has in St. Kitts since the establishment of the first one just about two years ago.
Mr. Sabga-Aboud, in the presence of St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas and Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Sen. the Hon. Richard “Ricky” Skerritt, also announced the company will soon be opening the first of two Churches Chicken outlets on St. Kitts this year and that St. Kitts has created a new record with his Jamaican supplier of Jamaican Patties.
“In St. Kitts, we opened our first store just over two years ago and we now have three Rituals and one Pizza Boyz,” said Mr. Sabga-Aboud.
Rituals Coffee restaurants are located at Fort Street and at Ross University. Rituals Coffee, Pizza Boyz and Rituals Sushi are at Frigate Bay.
Mr. Sabga-Aboud noted that St. Kitts being a small island with less than 40,000 people has created a new record with his Jamaican supplier of Jamaican Patties.
“They cannot believe a little island like St. Kitts, in one store (Fort Street) can sell almost a thousand patties every day. They cannot believe it. At Fort Street we sell over a thousand patties every day and Jamaica is freaking out how a little island like St Kitts can do so many patties,” said Mr. Sabga-Aboud.
Pointing out that Ritual’s Sushi is the first of its kind and is being launched in St Kitts, Mr. Sabga-Aboud said it would be good to look back five years from now and “who knows where there may be a Ritual’s Sushi all over the Caribbean.”
The company currently employs 68 Kittitians and Ritual’s Sushi will create employment for 16 more.
Rituals Sushi will be opening on the 28th of March for dinner only.
“We are not going to open for lunch right now for the next few months until we settle down. We just will be opened for dinner and we are not going to do any take out yet because we want to get the service right. So please bear with us. I promise you it will get better as the days go on,” said Mr. Sabga-Aboud, who disclosed that the company spent over EC$1 million to create the Rituals Sushi at Frigate Bay.
“My grandfather always taught me that you will never get a second chance to make a first impression. And he also told me you can make a million mistakes, but never make the same one twice,” he told guests.
Mr. Sabga-Aboud announced that a month and a half ago, he tried to convince Church’s Chicken, the second largest international franchise fried chicken chain of the world to give permission for his company to open a franchise in St. Kitts.
“I convinced the senior vice president to come down and visit St. Kitts. I told them how excited I was about St. Kitts. So he came down here. He spent a day with me going around St. Kitts. We drove around the island. I took him up to some of the historical sites and when he left, he told me ‘my God Mario, I now I see exactly why you are so excited. ‘I am giving you permission to do two stores here, one this year and one next year. So hopefully you would be seeing Church’s Chicken before the end of the year,” said Mr. Sabga-Aboud, who pointed out that his company has 20 stores in Trinidad.
“I am giving you permission to do two stores here, one this year and one next year. So hopefully you would be seeing Church’s Chicken before the end of the year.
The company has 123 restaurants in Trinidad and Tobago made up of Pizza Boyz, Church’s Chicken, Ritual’s Coffee, Ritual’s Diner, Rock and Roll – which is a Chinese Takeout, Doughnut Boyz and VIP Flyers’ Club, which has just been rated the number one First Class International Lounge in the Caribbean.
There are 48 Ritual brand locations in Trinidad with 8 at the Trinidad International Airport and 17 Ritual stores spread over 8 islands including Suriname, Guyana - two at the International Airport, Curacao, Barbados and Jamaica.
“We also have a Pizza Boyz in Suriname and Guyana. Our company of sorts are located in St. Lucia. In just over three years, we have 7 Ritual’s. We are at both international airports and we also have two Church’s Chickens and the third one before the end of this year,” said Mr. Sabga-Aboud.
“We serve over three million customers a month in over 140 of our stores throughout the Caribbean,” he said.
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