Elmont is easily one of the more culturally diverse communities out here on Long Island. About one hundred and two countries who speak almost seventy-two languages and dialects are represented here. You might even say Elmont is a melting pot of delicious cow foot soup with many different spices that warms the soul!
The Excelsior is pleased to feature for the third entry in our “Small Businesses, Big Dreams” series, the Caribbean and American restaurant, Buff Patty. In a community like Elmont – one with a significant Caribbean and West Indian base – restaurants like Buff Patty gives residents a taste of home. Yet even in those communities with non-native Caribbean residents we see dishes like the Jamaican beef patty becoming just as commonplace as a burger or a slice of pizza.
Nevertheless, in an increasingly crowded (read, “competitive”) market of Caribbean eats, restaurants are faced now more than ever with the task of having to distinguish themselves from the rest. In our interview with him, Danny, Assistant Chef at Elmont’s Buff Patty (currently the only one in Long Island), shared with The Excelsior just how the restaurant does its best to stand out. Enjoy!
Title: Assistant Chef
# of years worked here: 1 year
Country of Origin: Jamaica
How did you get into this business?
I would say it’s very much a family business.
Do you live in Elmont?
How has the culture of the Elmont community impacted your success?
It’s very diverse, mixed. You could tell there’s a lot of traditions here.
What are some of your goals for the future? (Growth, expansion, relocation, etc.)
Expand. We started out in Brooklyn, and we’re here. But we want more locations.
Would you be open to accepting volunteers?
Sure. Why not?
What do you want people to know about your business?
You see for yourself we’re courteous. Friendly. All of our food is properly filtered and sanitized — The Best!
One thing right now you would like to see improve or get better in the Elmont community?
That’s a hard question. I would say maybe the maintenance and improvement of parks. Public spaces. Like there’s no place if you want to go play ball. Something like that.
Special thanks to Danny for granting us this interview! We were also able to obtain a copy of Buff Patty’s menu of delicious eats. Take a look here:
Want to learn how the Buff Patty franchise got started? Read the success story here.
Updated: December 18, 2014
Check out Buff Patty’s new exterior sign!