The flavors of the island are coming to Toco Hills Shopping Center this March, when Mobay Spice Jamaican restaurant opens in the 1,600-square-foot space previously occupied by Fish Bowl Poké.
The restaurant is a family affair, with culinary connections to the island itself. “My aunt, Sandra White, owns the three Sweet Spice restaurants in Jamaica,” co-owner Kenecia Lii told What Now Atlanta.
“Our family had been talking about opening a restaurant here forever. During the pandemic, we decided to do it.”
Lii says Mobay Spice will be a mid-range restaurant, “so everyone in the neighborhood can enjoy island culture,” and will serve Jamaican classics like curried chicken and oxtails from 11 am to 11 pm daily.
“If you know us, you know we enjoy throwing entertaining parties with amazing food and great vibes. We took it a step further and decided that 2022 would be the year we sacrifice to accomplish everything,” co-owner Neirah Lii posted on Facebook. “The Lii family presents to you Mobay Spice Atlanta, a Jamaican restaurant you do not want to miss! You can expect a taste of the island, great music, and a tropical atmosphere.”
“We’ll also be serving a Sunday brunch and have a full bar,” Kenecia continues. “We’re planning four specialty cocktails to be named after the four owners: my sisters, our mother, and me.”
The Liis— Wynter, Neirah, Kenecia, and Ashante—are a family of entrepreneurs who operate a Miami-based luxury swimsuit brand, Akosh-Lii, among other ventures. They may be even better known for their stunning mother-and-daughters holiday photo shoots, which have graced the pages of Essence Magazine.
We expect next year’s photos to be even spicier!