Following its closure a little over a month ago after a wave of controversy, the popular Jamaican food spot Crab Circle is set to make its grand return in two weeks, just in time for the Christmas season.
Jamaicans were left bewildered and disgusted following the circulation of a video of one of Crab Circle’s most popular, now infamous, vendors, Alice Wugh, cleansing herself of excrement behind her stall. Following widespread condemnation, officials from the Ministry of Health quickly closed down the location on October 5.
During the monthly meeting of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) on Tuesday, the Chief Executive Officer of the KSAMC, Robert Hill, disclosed that the vendors were not registered with the corporation, despite Crab Circle’s creation over three decades ago. Its location at National Heroes Circle in Kingston is also designated for vending.
However, Hill said that the municipal corporation is currently in the process of registering the vendors. After Crab Circle’s closure last month, vendors participated in a proper food handling and preparation training programme conducted by the HEART/NSTA Trust.
Hill shared that bathroom facilities at the vending area are currently being constructed, and Crab Circle is scheduled to make its return to Heroes Circle in two weeks. The location underwent a pricey $13 million renovation in 2022 by J. Wray & Nephew Limited, but according to Hill, the company’s agreement with the KSAMC did not include bathroom facilities.
Hill explained that the renovations inludes installation of two large-capacity water tanks, seating located close to the stall area, upgraded stalls containing sufficient spacing and an upgraded canopy, and a centralised wash station for the cleaning of utensils.