Monday, May 21, 2012

Island Grill keeps cooking

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller cuts the ribbon for the new Island Grill catering unit in the presence of Founder Thalia Lyn and Industry & Commerce Minister Anthony Hylton

In addition to being an elegant presence on the social pages, Thalia Lyn is a brilliant businesswoman, growing the tiny 1991 'Chicken Supreme' into the ubiquitous Island Grill chain, which now has 15 stores with 500 employees.

The chain is now entering an exciting new phase of expansion, with a state-of-the-art commissary which will send out those perfectly prepared meats and home-grown accompaniments to the islandwide branches. The commissary will be able to support 15 additional branches to be opened, three per year over the next five years.

Island Grill's popular 'Yabba' meal

On a tour of the huge commissary, I noted it was so designed that meat and vegetables are prepared in separate, hermetically sealed sections. The company has also launched a mobile catering unit that can serve events of up to 1,200 persons.

Thalia Lyn emphasises training and mentorship of leaders within the company. In addition to their Barbados store, they plan to open others in the Caribbean and North America.

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