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Meet Jimmy Carey of Jimmy’z Kitchen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jimmy Carey.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jimmy. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I have been in the restaurant business for over 32 years. In those 32 years I have gained experience in working multiple concepts including prime steakhouses, French brasseries and corporate runned restaurants. My career started only as a summer job as a dishwasher in Puerto Rico where I grew up. From there on, the business grew on me and started working as a bar back, busser, bartender and waiter. I really enjoyed the restaurant business and the people. From there I transferred with a steakhouse to Miami and started a manager training. From there on I worked as a waiter and bartender in very well-known restaurants and high-end hotels in Miami while attending college.

There was a point in my life in which I the food and beverage business was the career that I wanted to pursue. I made the decision to learn culinary arts so I could understand the F&B business all around. I decided to attend Johnson and Wales University, advanced standing culinary program. I graduated and started training working in different locations all over the US. During this time, I had the opportunity to work for well-known Prime steak houses and Brasserie Le Coze (owned by renowned Eric Ripert and Maguy Le Coze proprietors of Le Bernardin in NY) at their Miami and Atlanta locations.

All chefs have the vision and dream of opening their own restaurant, as I did. I started thinking about how I would do this years before opening my first Jimmy’z Kitchen location in South Beach. I opened Jimmy’z Kitchen South Beach in May 2017. It was the biggest risk that I had taken in my life. I invested every single penny I had saved and rolled the dice.

Having lived in Miami Beach since 1987 I knew there was a niche to be filled offering an affordable healthy menu with a Latin twist. It was a hit! Jimmy’z Kitchen became the small local restaurant in SOBE that offered amazing food and a killer MOFONGO. From there on I had the vision to open Jimmy’z Kitchen Wynwood location on 2010. Wynwood was a warehouse district that had potential with all the artists and galleries who were there. After that I opened in the Pinecrest area and Brickell.

Jimmy’z Kitchen is a local Miami chef driven Fast Casual restaurant that offers great food and service with a cool casual ambiance.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Restaurant business is not for everyone. It is a tough business that requires lots of time, physical and emotional effort. Jimmy’z Kitchen has evolved and keeps evolving during the changing times and trends. Keeping menus and service standards up to date are the key components of longevity on a very competitive market.

After having my 3rd location located in Pinecrest for 4 years we decided to close it as the area demographics where not a match for the concept. We learned a lot from these 4 years. It taught us in how to be more proficient when searching for locations.

Nowadays, one of the most challenging financial situations is the cost of Commercial Rents in Miami. Rents are very expensive in Miami and cut short on the restaurateur’s profit margins, which are already very tight. Moving forward I foresee that this one of the biggest changes for small business owners. Remember high rents will transfer into higher cost of goods for the consumer.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Jimmy’z Kitchen story. Tell us more about the business.
Jimmy’z Kitchen is a local Miami chef driven Fast Casual restaurant that offers great food and service with a cool casual ambiance.

Our menu is all about Miami. We offer great salads, panin and Chef Specials. Our Mofongo is killer. Sometimes people confuse us as a Puerto Rican restaurant, in which we are not. We are inspired by the Caribbean flavors and Miami as a melting pot.

We are all about the neighborhood. We are very proud of taking care of the communities in which every restaurant are located in. We are the local WATERING HOLE. No fuzz, nothing fancy. Excellent comfort food with great service, great beers & wine, homemade desserts and coffee.

My 32 experiences as a restaurateur and all the different faces that I went through the F&B business have helped me immensely in having Jimmy’z Kitchen open for almost 11 years in a highly competitive city as Miami.


  • Our prices in our core menu range from $9.50 to $18.50
  • Our Daily Chef’s Specials range from $12.00 to $25.99
  • Our craft beer selection ranges from $5.00 to $18.00 (for large format beers)
  • Our bottle wine list ranges from $23.00 to $54.00

Contact Info:

  • Address: 1542 Alton Road Miami Beach FL 33139
    60 Sw 10th Street Miami FL 33130
    2700 North Miami Avenue Miami FL 33127
  • Website:
  • Email:
  • Instagram: jimmyzkitchen
  • Facebook: Jimmy’z Kitchen Wynwood, Jimmy’z Kitchen SOBE, Jimmy’z Kitchen Brickell
  • Twitter: jimmyZwynwood

Image Credit:

Rebecca Blanco

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