In 2002 Charmaine Gumbs left her career as a law-firm account executive to open Sugarcane the stylish Pan-Caribbean restaurant in Park Slope, Brooklyn. No stranger to the neighborhood, Charmaine migrated to the United States with her family in the early 1970’s from Trinidad when she was still a child.
She attended Brooklyn Technical High School and later Brooklyn College. She studied economics and then went on to pursue a career in accounting and finance. Her dream to open her own restaurant was born out of her love for fine dining and her desire to finally provide an establishment that catered to a modern, stylish Caribbean clientele.
Sugarcane has been voted the Best Caribbean Restaurant in New York, has been featured on KISS-FM Radio, WBLS Radio, Food Network, NY 1, The Style Channel, FOX Channel 5, New York Magazine, Timeout Magazine, Upscale Magazine, The New York Daily News and numerous other publications.
Plans are now in the works for an exciting new expansion. Currently she resides in Brooklyn with her son Kree. When not at the restaurant Charmaine loves event planning, live concerts and vacations to exotic destinations.