Vegan-Friendly Jamaican Restaurant Opens 2nd Location In Newark, NJ

NEWARK, NJ — The owners of the highly touted Montclair eatery Vital Restaurant are bringing their “Caribbean oasis” vibe to a second location called “Freetown Café” in downtown Newark.
The 27-seat café is located at 41 Halsey Street (the corner of Bleeker Street) and draws inspiration from its flagship destination in Montclair including a coffee bar, art and African décor, according to a company news release.


The brother-sisters team of owners Kwame, Kanika and Nataki Williams said that they hope the café will “nourish the growing Newark community.”

“Honoring the Jamaican town of Accompong, where the Maroons defeated the English and gained freedom from slavery, the café’s name represents tenancy, courage, and ingenuity; necessities for independent and entrepreneurial success,” the owners stated in a news release.

The restaurant offers pescetarian, paleo, vegan and vegetarian options, and serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Photo: Left to right, Executive Chef Kwame Williams, Nataki Williams, Kanika Williams

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