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Inspiring Conversations with Juline Mathe of Renee’s Jerk Chicken

Today we’d like to introduce you to Juline Mathe.

Hi Juline, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
A lot of people know about Jerk Chicken from visiting Jamaica and they come back home longing for that authentic taste. Real Jerk Chicken must be smoked not grilled or baked. If you don’t smoke it you can’t call it jerk chicken. I also created my own personal jerk rub. I wanted when you bite into my jerk chicken it is like nothing you’ve ever tasted. That’s what sets us apart from a lot of Jamaican restaurants. My menu is very simple. I offer Jerk Chicken and Oxtails. Two of my island’s most popular dishes. I figured if I focused on two items, I can deliver extraordinary service which is why most days we sell out within 3 hours. With that being said, it certainly did not come easy. There was a time in February 2021 where I thought about giving up and just going back to flying full time. I hit several roadblocks trying to find somewhere to park. My customers were hunting me down and week after week, I could not get permits because I have a trailer vs a truck. I was about to list my trailer for sale when Ram Mehta called me trying to buy food and I told him we are closed and most likely would not reopen. He told me he saw my Fox4 interview with Terrence Friday and also heard good reviews about my food. He encouraged me not to and graciously offered to have me park in front of his Restaurant La Meglio Pizza. I was skeptical at first but I put my faith in God and we have formed an amazing friendship. In early 2021 I met Angelia Pelham and became fast friends. I started feeling like I wanted needed to offer more items however our food trailer is very limited. I decided to take a leap of faith and rent a restaurant in Plano. Angelia asked me why I wanted to take Renee’s away from Frisco. I explained that I could not afford to rent in Frisco. She asked me to hold off signing a lease until she could introduce me to Donny Churchman who is the CEO of Nack Development. Donny is working tirelessly to revitalize Downtown Frisco. Donny offered me a deal I could not pass up. My own restaurant. While our storefront is being built, we will operate in front of Nack Theater in Downtown Frisco. We will operate Thursdays, Fridays & Sundays at Nack Theater from 11am until 7pm or sold out. We do various HOA events on Saturdays.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has been a very difficult process but I strongly believe our hard work is paying off. No matter how many times we fill up our 250 gallon smoker for the day, our customers find us and sell us out. That is our motivation.

We’ve been impressed with Renee’s Jerk Chicken, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We are the only authentic Jamaican food trailer in North Texas. You are literally taken back to Jamaica when you bite into our Jerk Chicken.

So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
What matters most to me is customer satisfaction. I want my customers to know I don’t sell anything I would not personally eat. My picture is on the side of the trailer because my customers must know that at any given time, they can call me and I stand by my products.

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