Property consultants bring Jamaican flavour to Colmore Row

15 July 2021

FHP has agreed a deal that will see a multi award-winning Jamaican restaurant open its first outlet in Birmingham.

Independent operator, Jamaya, has signed a 10-year lease on a 1,911 sq ft ground floor unit at 126 Colmore Row in the centre of Colmore’s Business District.

The Jamaican restaurant was selected after FHP received multiple bids on the space, which occupies a prime pitch on Colmore Row at its junction with Victoria Square.

The UK’s first gourmet Jamaican fried chicken restaurant, Jamaya serves a variety of chicken-based and vegetarian dishes, as well as soft and alcoholic drinks and cocktails. 

Famed for its vibrant Jamaican reggae atmosphere, Jamaya was founded by Byron Carnegie after years of experiencing Caribbean culture through family stories and cooking. 

Named after his daughter, Maya, the Jamaician restaurant opened its first outlet in Touchwood Shopping Centre in Solihull in 2019 was crowned Business of the Year by Solihull’s Chamber of Commerce.

Jamaya was represented by Andrew Thompson of AMT Commercial.

Doug Tweedie, FHP Director and Head of Birmingham Office, said: “It’s great to announce that a new restaurant operator is coming to Birmingham. We received a significant amount of interest in the space and following multiple bids, our landlord client chose Jamaya, and we couldn’t be happier that they did. Birmingham’s leisure market has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic but it’s been encouraging to see how many new and exciting concepts are looking to come to the city. Jamaya currently trades successfully in Solihull and being situated between Colmore Row and the Paradise development, they’ve chosen a great place to grow their brand.”

Founder and Director of Jamaya, Byron Carnegie, said: “After a long search to find the perfect venue in the city we call home, myself and the team at Jamaya couldn’t be more excited about securing this first-class location on Colmore Row. Birmingham is transforming day by day and we can’t wait to open our next restaurant and bar in the heart of this amazing city. Bringing an independent concept such as Jamaya to the thriving Colmore District would not have been possible without the support and belief in our brand from FHP and AMT. They both could not have been more helpful and professional.”