The Beach Boys had the idea back in 1988, though Kelly Dow and Raymond Davis , owners of Rock Island Café (6289 Quinpool), will bring the riches and flavours of Bermuda to Halifax, finally. Last Saturday the restaurateurs hosted their opening in honour of Bermudian premier Dr. Ewart Brown .
“It is very fortunate to have our opening synchronize with the visit of premier Brown and his minister of tourism,” says Davis. “Rock Island café will provide Haligonians with a taste of Bermudian culture, while providing a nostalgic locale for many visiting Bermudian students.”
There are approximately 300 Bermudian students at universities in town. Davis wanted to ensure his kids and their friend could get a traditional Bermudian breakfast. It was out of his love for his children that the restaurant came to be: Davis moved from Bermuda two years ago, realized renting costs were high and though, why not buy the building he rented? The idea to open a restaurant came later, but the first-time restaurateur wants to ensure he’s got all bases covered.
“I want the restaurant to be versatile and like a place back home –a bit of Bermuda,” he says.