Pimento Jamaican Kitchen planned for Eat Street

A Minneapolis rapper and a former Cargill employee are planning to open a Jamaican restaurant on Eat Street. 

Tomme Beevas, a Jamaican entrepreneur, and Yoni Reinhartz, a Minneapolis musician, plan to bring their Burnsville-based Pimento Jamaican Kitchen to the former Kem Coffee Bar space at 2524 Nicollet Ave. 

The partners are looking to Kickstarter to cover some of their costs and started a campaign June 19. They hope to raise $30,000 by Aug. 3 with a number of rewards from T-shirts to a personal tour of Beevas’ hometown in Jamaica.

Pimento opened its first location in Burnsville after winning Food Network’s reality show “Food Court Wars.” After its first Minneapolis location, which they plan to open this fall, the two plan to open 10 locations in the next five years.

Pimento’s Chipotle-style menu includes jerk chicken and pork, curried veggies and coconut rice and beans, served for under $10, they promise. They’re also planning on serving beer and spirits like Red Stripe, a Jamaican lager.