Caribbean Twist threatened with closure

Caribbean Twist, the only Caribbean restaurant on the Halifax peninsula, if not the entire HRM now, is threatened with closure. Apparently, the space isn’t zoned for restaurants. The previous occupant, Toulany’s, went from being a corner store to cafe and according to the city councillor for the area, Jerry Blumenthal, they did not have the proper zoning permit, either. Blumenthal is working with Twist owner Lyndon Hibbert to get the zoning changed. This means getting ahold of the building owner, who must submit a zone change plan to the city. “It’s going to be hard, but not impossible,” to change the zoning, says Blumenthal. Caribbean Twist has an extension to stay open until the end of August.

It’s an rookie mistake on the part of a new business owner, but I sure hope it can stay open. I was there for lunch with another Passable writer, Melissa Buote, and the place was crawling with journalists from Metro and the CBC. Please go to the restaurant (3081 Gottingen), have some killer jerk pork (read Passable writer Melissa Buote’s review in The Coast) and help Hibbert by signing the petition to save the restaurant.