Restaurant owner Jocelyn Wright is bringing the taste of Jamaica to downtown Bridgeport.

The Stratford resident is opening the Jamaican-inspired eatery and rum bar, JB Vibes, at 1020 Broad Street on Aug. 6. The restaurant will be opening in the former Barnum Publick House, a popular restaurant and bar that closed unexpectedly last summer.

Now, Wright said she is looking to bring a mix of Caribbean flavor to the space and the community.

“We know there is a demand for it and we are just supplying,” she said. “Very often, I would want to go with my family to dinner and go to a nice Jamaican restaurant for dinner ... there is no Jamaican restaurant where you can go and sit and have a nice dining in experience.”

Caribbean cuisine is usually found in a takeout-style restaurant, but Wright says she wants to open JB Vibes as a place where families can dine in and soak in the atmosphere.

With traditional Jamaican-style food, the restaurant will specialize in spicy jerk recipes. Wright also plans to introduce another custom sauce that crosses between jerk sauce and a sweeter barbecue. She calls it Jerk-B-Que, and it was the reason she decided to try her hand in the restaurant business.

“The sauce is what we would normally make, and friends and family would always rave about it,” she said. “I guess we realized that in order to make it and sell it, it has to be done in a commercial kitchen. So the idea came about with trying to find a commercial kitchen to manufacture the sauce that we would be selling. Out of that came the restaurant and the rum bar.”

JB Vibes will be Wright’s introduction to the restaurant industry, but not to owning her own business. She owns a flower shop in Stratford, which services events and weddings.

She recently opened a Bridgeport-based flower shop in the Arcade mall as well, which she is looking to tie in with her restaurant to feature a space for private events and celebrations.

“We have it where we will be able to provide all of the different things you need for your event, so we have the location, we have the decoration, and catering now for the whole thing,” Wright said.

Keeping with the island theme of the eatery, JB Vibes will carry rum selections from all over the world to offer an array of island-themed craft cocktails.

While the restaurant is heavily inspired by Wright’s home island of Jamaica, she said she intends to feature food and drinks that stem from throughout the Caribbean.

“As we say in Jamaica, ‘out of many, one people,’” Wright said. “It’s our motto and that’s where we came from so we are combining all of the Caribbean countries. We want all the Caribbean countries to be able to find something on our menu.”

Jordan.grice@hearstmediact.com