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David and Pauline Blake, owners of David's Jamaican Cuisine, photographed in 2002, two months after opening the restaurant. 


David's Jamaican Cuisine on Monona Drive reopened Monday in its new location, a few buildings up the street.

Pauline Blake, who has owned the restaurant for 16 years with her husband, David Blake, said their former landlord at 5734 Monona Dr., needed the building, a former Taco Bell. She doesn't know what will go in the old location.

Meanwhile, the Blakes moved four buildings up the street, but from Monona to Madison, so they have to go through all new licensing, Pauline Blake said.

The new location is in the former Las Islas Del Mar, 5696 Monona Drive, which closed in October after five years.

Pauline Blake said they moved into the new location about three weeks ago and made some minor changes.

Word is slowly getting out about the move after some customers feared they'd closed. "People keep coming, checking on me, to make sure I'm back," Pauline said.

The restaurant has the same menu. "We have the same good Jamaican food that we had in the other place," she said. "Nothing has changed."

The new space was a former Burger King store that in 2004 was turned into a Crandall's restaurant that only lasted a couple of years. The estimated capacity for the new David''s Jamaican is 70 people.

David Blake, who's originally from Montego Bay, Jamaica, came to Madison in 1995, and said he's been cooking since age 6.

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