PROSPECT PARK, NJ - "EZ Does It" celebrated their grand opening in Prospect Park Saturday. The family-owned Jamaican food restaurant is located at 306 Haledon Avenue. The green, yellow, and black colors of the Jamaican flag were on display in the form of balloon pillars outside the restaurant doors and a large flag hung behind the counter where fresh food was being served up to customers. The mayor, councilmembers, members of the administration, and Prospect Park Police Department arrived to officially welcome the business with a ribbon cutting at noon.
"We've been open since the first of March," said co-owner Oneil McEwan. Originally, he had hoped to open in 2019 but when the pandemic began in China, he said he thought it prudent to wait. McEwan said that his other business interests kept him afloat, but those, too, had been affected by the pandemic. "It was a tough time but we had something saved up to finance it." McEwan said that when he saw the space available for rent, he got the idea to open the restaurant. McEwan, who lives in neighboring Haledon, said that he wanted a place that served good Jamaican food that met his own personal standards.
"We celebrate the grand opening of EZ Does It Jamaican restaurant in Prospect Park," Mayor Mohamed Khairullah said, holding a giant pair of scissors to cut a ceremonial ribbon. "We wish you success and prosperity, Neadra, Oneil, Latoya, and Martin. You guys are always welcome in Prospect Park. This is a small, tight-knit community, and we will do whatever we can to promote your business and help it prosper. We thank you and we welcome you."
On a count of three, the ribbon was cut amid applause.
"It's very good for the community, growing business, and we try to attract people to open businesses in town. It brings revenues and the community looks better," said Council President Felicia Ortiz.
"There have been a lot of people who have been sharing how unique this is. In Prospect Park, we are known for our local eateries and our ethnic diversity," said Borough Administrator Intashan Chowdhury. "EZ Does It is great with their jerk chicken, I've eaten here already. A lot of people were talking about the number of different places to eat we are known for. I'm glad that our businesses are long-lasting here."