Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill ("Golden Krust"), a privately held corporation, is a manufacturer and distributor of Caribbean food products and franchisor of Caribbean restaurants. The company's products can be found in its franchises, supermarkets, hospitals, schools, correctional institutions and food service facilities, sporting facilities, other retail outlets and at special outdoor events throughout the United States.
Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill is the brain-child of Ephraim and Mavis Hawthorne; founders of Hawthorne & Son's Bakery in St. Andrew, Jamaica and parents of the present owners. They had no idea then, that their dream would one day blossom into a now global business with over 120 stores in nine states.
In 1989, Lowell, President and CEO along with his wife Lorna, four of his siblings and their spouses, pooled all their resources to open the first Golden Krust retail location on East Gun Hill Road in Bronx, NY. By 1996 they owned 17 Restaurants throughout New York City. The business became so successful that the Hawthorne's were encouraged to create franchises and they seized the opportunity to do just that.
In that same year, Golden Krust became the first Caribbean-owned business in the U.S. to be granted a franchise license. The pivotal year of 1996 signified Golden Krust's relocation to its plant in the South Bronx, eventually purchasing the entire block from 172nd Street to Claremont Parkway on Park Avenue.
Today, Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill operates a chain of over 100 Restaurants in nine states (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina and Massachusetts).