Kokomo — the Black-owned restaurant serving up Caribbean flavor and culture at 65 Kent Ave — has been hosting a weekly party (aptly titled Good Guice Thursdays) to celebrate their specially featured in-house flavored rum brand, Good Guice, for a little over a month.

Since June 9, the community has been invited to come together every Thursday from 4 to 11 p.m. for good drinks, good food, and good times sponsored by the aforementioned rum. Good Guice Thursdays features live music, on-site photographers, and specialty cocktails (including a cocktail tree, which is exactly what it sounds like) crafted by acclaimed mixologist Simone Bailey. The evening also features a curated menu of tapas, signature flatbread pizzas, and the namesake Good Guicy Burger all complemented by the uplifting atmosphere and meticulous decor of the restaurant.

Tapas menu standouts (pairing perfectly with the Koko Spritz, featuring Good Guice coconut rum, tequila, lemon juice, and sparkling wine) include the oxtail poutine, jerk chicken, and sweet plantains, but it’s hard to go wrong with any of the offerings from Head Chef Omar Loney.

But if you can’t make it to the fun on Thursdays, Kokomo also serves up Koko Hour — their answer to happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays — and bottomless brunch on Fridays starting as early as 11 a.m.

The restaurant, co-founded and owned by Ria and Kevol Graham, opened in July 2020 when outdoor dining was starting to pick up steam. Despite the obvious challenges of starting and maintaining a new business during a pandemic, Kokomo, with its menu of island pasta, callaloo egg frittatas, rum raisin bread pudding, and beyond, has become a hot spot for pan-Caribbean fare in Williamsburg.


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