Davis Gayle, Jr.

Owner of Tropical Paradise Ballroom & Catering

Davis Gayle, Jr., the proprietor of Tropical Paradise Restaurant and Tropical Paradise Ballroom, is one of the most outstanding business people in the Brooklyn area. Affectionate, referred to as Junior, Gayle has distinguished himself and his establishment. With fierce entrepreneurial will and a genuine love for people, Junior has taken the business of restaurants to new heights and has transformed the Tropical Paradise franchise into a veritable cultural center. Tropical Paradise Restaurant and Tropical Paradise Ballroom are located in the heart of the Utica Avenue metropolis.

The restaurant opened on September 8, 2001 and offers a wide range of Caribbean American dishes. In addition to being frequented by top artists, Tropical Paradise is now well known in the community as a nurturing ground for new artists. The Tropical Paradise Ballroom opened on November 8, 2008. The large ballroom with its mirror walls and beautiful chandeliers has quickly become the `In place’ for weddings, birthday parties, black tie affairs, corporate, and community events. Tropical Paradise has recently announced the expansion of their popular menu and services. Customers will now be able to order meals and catering services online at tropicalparadisecatering.com. Customers can choose to order full or half tray sizes for any style event, with the convenience of door to door delivery.

Junior, American born of Honduran parentage, started in business in 1979 working in his father’s meat market. He continued to learn and absorb all that he could about the business from his father while pursuing his own career path. In 1988, he joined the New York City Department of Corrections. As a corrections officer for 13 years, Junior worked the night shift at the Anna M. Kross Center, which is the largest correctional facility on Rikers Island. By day, he continued to help his father build one of the best known meat markets in Brooklyn.

By 1994, Junior was ready and fully prepared to take on business ownership for himself. Taking a leave of absence from the Department of Correction, he opened the Avenue D Meat Market. This business continues to be one of the most successful in the area. His love and concern for his community was evident in 1983 when Junior became an Auxiliary Police Officer at the 67th precinct.

Now, as a restaurant owner, he continues to give back to the community. He does so by graciously supporting cultural events in the area by providing courtesy backstage catering. Every Christmas, Junior and Tropical Paradise produce a cultural show that has become a calendar event in the Brooklyn West

Indian Community. As a role model, Junior willingly shares his personal credo with young people
“Anything you desire in life can be achieved with hard work and education,” he says, Junior’s commitment to excellence and community service has been recognized and rewarded with several awards including the “Men of Distinction Award” from former State Senator Martin Markowitz in 2001 and a Community Service Award from New York Tabernacle Church.

Junior is married to Joanna Gayle and is the proud father of four children: daughters, Leonia and Jasmine and sons, Omar and Amari.

Articles at Caribbean Life News …

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