Published in The World Journal
Hannah Ricio and Alex Turner have faced the same challenges restaurant workers have dealt with since the start of the pandemic: their restaurant, a bistro in Rhode Island, had shut down due to the Coronavirus. Hannah explained that, when her employers let her and her partner Alex go, they finally had some time to consider their options. Together, she and Alex had a collective 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry. They also knew that there was a need for restaurants in Las Animas County (Alex’s mother and aunt are residents) that did not exist in the saturated East Coast market. In May 2020, Hannah and Alex moved to Trinidad to open their new restaurant, Almack’s Kitchen, located in the GOAL building on North Commercial Avenue.
“We’re going for a contemporary kitchen,” Hannah said, “We offer a limited menu with the freshest ingredients and specials from a craft kitchen.” Ricio and Turner bring diverse cooking experiences to this fast contemporary dining experience. “[Alex] worked in a four star Asian restaurant that influenced his cooking,” Hannah explained, “[and] my background in Italian and Portuguese [cuisine] influenced my cooking.” This Asian influence can be seen with dishes like Almack’s rice bowl, incorporating pickled vegetables and sweet chili sauce that is similar to the Korean dish bibimbap. Almack’s will also offer Thai-style iced coffee, sweetened with condensed milk and cardamom, as well as more traditional nitro versions of iced coffee and iced mochas.
Almacks opened on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, from 8 AM to 3 PM. It will be on that schedule for weekdays until at least February 1, 2021, but will reduce their days of operation to Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Interested customers can order online at almackskitchen.com, and can view special offerings at @almackskitchen on both Facebook and Instagram.