Late November Opening Planned for Montego

Montego Cafe is slated to open in the former Porter’s Jazz Cafe during the week of Thanksgiving at 315 Main St. in Little Rock.

You may recall that Montego is the restaurant that Brad McCray of Little Rock is putting together.

Montego will be a Caribbean restaurant. It will serve food like jerk chicken, curry shrimp and Jamaican beef patties, as well as drinks like Jamaican rum punch and other island rum favorites, McCray said.

“We’re really looking to bring something that’s really unique to the area,” he said.

Montego will host live musicians, including reggae artists and steel drum bands. The style will fuse “House of Blues and Margaritaville,” McCray said.

The restaurant’s decor will include painting on burlap by Pine Bluff artist Ariston Jacks. The 10,250-SF building will seat about 70 on its street-level floor and offer additional overflow seating downstairs.

McCray, 29, said he had about 15 years of restaurant experience. His past, now closed, private ventures include bar, grill and dance club On the Rocks and caterer Strictly Catering, both in Little Rock. He co-founded and owns Bear’s Den Pizza in Conway. McCray has also worked for the past two years in commercial real estate.

Porter’s floundered at 315 Main, apparently struggling to pay its rent and taxes and, at one point, losing its alcohol permit.

Porter’s originally opened in September 2011 and closed in April. Augusta Farver Jr., Milton Shannon and Marcel Dean owned Porter’s. n