Chef Nicola Blaque Announces Indiegogo Campaign to Bring the Jerk Shack to San Antonio

With a love for Jamaican cuisine, Nicola Blaque, an Army Veteran and first-generation Jamaican American, is bringing the taste of the islands to San Antonio: The Jerk Shack is a Jamaican inspired restaurant.

Culinary Institute of America trained Chef Nicola Blaque has dreamed of opening a Jamaican inspired restaurant for over ten years.  She is bringing delicious Jamaican-inspired dishes to the San Antonio community.  With a new artesian way of preparing traditional Jamaican foods, her spin on the taste of Jamaica will tell a story based on cultural perspective and history.

Recently recognized as a food capital, San Antonio has a wide variety of countries and flavors represent, except Jamaican food. Chef Nicola is ready to fill the Caribbean niche demanded in the San Antonio epicurean market. Her Jerk chicken and pineapple waffles was a hit at the SAGE gala and inspired her to open her own restaurant.  

Funding for The Jerk Shack

With support from the Indiegogo community, the money pledged will go towards:

  • Purchase of a wood burning charbroiler

  • Chairs

  • Tables

  • Boilers

  • Burners

  • Trays

  • Outdoor renovation

  • Marketing materials

  • Signs

  • Merchandise

  • Physical and digital advertising costs

  • Research and development of new flavors and dishes

The goal of $20,000 will allow Chef Nicola to perform small renovations on a historic San Antonio building, along with purchasing equipment for the kitchen and lighting for the outdoor area.  

With her vision of creating an atmosphere similar to a similar jerk shack in Mandeville, Jamaica, Chef Nicola wants to keep her jerk chicken as authentic as possible.  Therefore, she is very specific about all of the details, from spices to lighting.

Any funds that exceed the goal amount will be reinvested into The Jerk Shack’s second location or a food truck.  

If, for some reason, Chef Nicola’s goals are not reached, the money will be stretched as far as possible in order to make the best possible launch.  However, Chef Nicola is confident that her Indiegogo campaign will reach the goal set, and she is excited to make her supporters proud.

Located on the web at, pledge levels range from $25 to $1,000 and include everything from double Jerk Bucks, a Jerk Shack shirt, recognition on the Founders Plaque, ten to fifteen percent off at The Jerk Shack for one year, or twenty percent off for life.  

For more information, visit the Kickstarter page.

Media Contact
Company Name: The Jerk Shack
Contact Person: Lattoia Andrews
Email: Send Email
Phone: 2107767780
Address:117 Matyear St, 78237
City: San Antonio
State: Texas
Country: United States