Constantly packed and very colorful Crown Heights Caribbean restaurant Glady’s now has a way bigger and slightly cheaper, but equally radiant location further south in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Glady’s Jerk Center and Rum Bar, at 453 Rogers Ave. at Lincoln Road, is now open with three times the space of the popular original.
The new Glady’s seats 130 people in a bright, multi-colored restaurant, another bid from owner Michael Jacober to be a place for people who live in the neighborhood. This one has a lot of open space in hopes of being family- and stroller-friendly during the day, he says — though with a 4 a.m. liquor license, the restaurant will be scheduling DJs on the weekends and other nightlife activity, as well.
It’s also a more casual counter-service operation, and all the items are priced about a dollar less than the nearly five-year-old Crown Heights location. Most of the options are the same — jerk chicken, jerk pork, curry goat, Guyanese chow mein, oxtail stew, and whole fish are all here as well.
But steamed cabbage has been added, and a bunch of the food is cooked differently, too, Jacober says. This spot had room for a large custom smoker using imported Jamaican wood, as well as a live fire from a domestic blend of wood. Chicken and pork gets smoked, while seafood such as lobster and shrimp gets cooked in the fire instead of in a pan.
Of course, a big draw of Glady’s are the drinks. Options like the frozen version of a dark and stormy and a killer version of a painkiller are all served in the PLG location. Mostly, Jacober just wants people in the area to hang out here in a way that people can’t necessarily do in the Crown Heights restaurant.
“One of the downfalls of our first location was that it’s so small,” he says. “We need to get people in and out quickly to make it a viable business. This new location is really meant for relaxing.”
Take a look at the space below. Glady’s Jerk Center is now open from Monday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., and Sunday until 10 p.m. The bar is open until late.