JOLIET, IL — After a four-month closure, Joshua Betts is again in his kitchen — THA Kitchen —cooking up tasty soul meals and different meals that you simply will not discover at most Joliet space eating places.
On June 1, Betts shut down his Bernie’s Jerk Kitchen & Waffles on the 2777 Black Highway within the Infantry Drive plaza on Joliet’s west facet. Betts went to Los Angeles to open a Bernie’s Jerk Kitchen restaurant for California residents.
The Joliet resident mentioned he plans to fly out to Los Angeles to supervise the restaurant each couple of weeks. In the meantime, Betts modified his Joliet restaurant’s title to THA Kitchen, he redid the complete menu and employed a wholly new crew of staff to assist him run THA Kitchen.
Betts mentioned he wished his Joliet restaurant to be recognized for extra than simply jerk hen.
He additionally ditched the breakfast menu and removed the waffles. THA Kitchen formally reopened for enterprise Sept. 23.
He believes the brand new menu and new title will probably be successful with Joliet space residents. The important thing for now could be spreading the phrase that THA Kitchen is open, and it is price giving a attempt, he mentioned.
“It is all about pleasing the client,” Betts instructed Patch. “We wish constructive criticism. We need to know what we are able to do higher. We need to fulfill the client.”
And that is what led to the evolution of Bernie’s Jerk Kitchen & Waffles to THA Kitchen.
“The shoppers wished common meals, so I modified it to THA Kitchen,” Betts mentioned. “We have now the jerk and we have now common. We have now Alfredo each day as nicely.
“The jerk continues to be going to be an enormous a part of it. We removed the breakfast, and we made some modifications.”
As THA Kitchen, Betts nonetheless options jerk hen and jerk shrimp, in addition to oxtails and rib suggestions, however he is additionally branched out.
He believes his rib eye steaks, lamp chops, baked hen, fried lobster tails and fried smothered pork chops will go over nicely along with his new buyer base.
Betts can also be providing a number of day by day specials for his lunch and dinner crowd. Tuesday, for example, featured $1 jerk hen tacos; smothered pork chops, steaks, jerk catfish or fried catfish, jerk salmon, fried wings and jerk shrimp or fried shrimp.
Betts additionally provides family-style meals. THA Kitchen is open for indoor eating, carryout in addition to Door Sprint, Grub Hub and Uber deliveries. He additionally added a child’s menu.
THA Kitchen contains various sides resembling okra, broccoli and cheese, corn, inexperienced beans, garlic mashed potatoes, baked potatoes and extra.
THA Kitchen is now open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday via Saturday. Throughout its first week of being open, THA Kitchen was solely accepting money and forex via the Money App. Betts mentioned the restaurant will probably be prepared for bank cards “this weekend.”
“It is an entire new workers, an entire new operation,” Betts mentioned. “We’ll have present playing cards and periodic raffles.”
The telephone for THA Kitchen is 815-409-7270.