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Serving Jamaica on a plate, the Reggae Shack Café of Gainesville, Florida, offers its customers a wide array of traditional and alternative-style Jamaican dishes in the fun and friendly atmosphere of the island, with its reggae music and Caribbean décor. In its food, the Reggae Shack Café blends fresh ingredients with exciting flavors to create tangy, sweet, spicy, savory, and mild meals. Although the Reggae Shack Café employs long-established Jamaican recipes and cooking styles, its menu reflects the global evolution of culinary culture.The Reggae Shack Café opened in 2003 and has since doubled its revenue on an annual basis. In 2009, the restaurant finalized a major renovation and expansion, tripling its seating capacity to make room for its ever-increasing customer base. In honor of its new layout and facilities, the Reggae Shack Café held a celebration party in association with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, featuring favorites from the Reggae Shack Café menu and live music from 3rd Stone, a local band.A convenient six blocks away from the University of Florida campus, the Reggae Shack Café makes a great venue to watch Gator football games and enjoy Red Stripe beer. The restaurant also sits 5 miles from Interstate 75 and lies close to Gainesville’s historic downtown district. One of the most popular restaurants in the area, the Reggae Shack Café was named the best place to eat in the city by The Gainesville Sun in 2005, and it won the Rib Fest competition in 2007.The Reggae Shack Café gives back to its community through community service, charitable contributions to the Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County, support for local student organizations, and sponsorship of a city diversity luncheon. The restaurant also provides leftover food to Sister Hazel Angel of Mercy Ministries, which passes on the food to people who would otherwise go hungry.For additional information about the Reggae Shack Café and to see its full menu, visit the restaurant’s website, To read reviews from pleased patrons of the Reggae Shack Café, go to