Welcome to Footprints Café, Inc! Brooklyn’s Kitchen and Home of the Rasta Pasta!
In 2001, Robert “Bobby” Gordon opened Footprints Café, Inc.’s first flagship restaurant presently located at 5814 Clarendon Road in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn. Gordon, an immigrant pioneering businessman and entrepreneurial genius, who was born in the Caribbean island nation of Jamaica, set out to serve the Brooklyn community and the New York City Metro Area with great-tasting, authentic, and popular Jamaican/Caribbean dishes like jerk chicken, curry goat, and oxtails, alongside the restaurant’s world-famous and signature dish - Rasta Pasta.
Over its 18-year history FOOTPRINTS CAFÉ, Inc. has been featured in local newspapers like New York Carib News, Caribbean Life News and Caribbean Times News. The restaurant has also been featured on local Cable News stations like Brooklyn News 12.
The success of Footprints Cafe Clarendon led Robert to open a sister restaurant in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn in 2006, which is today located at 1521 Surf Avenue - just a stone's throw away from the world-famous Coney Island Amusement Park, Boardwalk and the MCU Park. With a delectable mix of international and Caribbean-themed cuisine, exotic drinks, and great entertainment, this restaurant brings a taste of the Caribbean to Coney Island's diverse and fast-growing community. Footprints Café Coney Island brings the CARIBBEAN RIGHT ON YOU PLATE!
Footprints Café’s take-out facility, Footprints Cafe Express, opened right in the heart of the Caribbean immigrant community in the Flatbush/East Flatbush area of Brooklyn in 2013. It now rivals all local restaurants in the neighborhood with its very diverse and comprehensive menu, as well as its 5-star quality take-out food. It is also the off-site (and on-site) catering hub for the restaurant.
Today, Footprints Café, New York City’s premier Caribbean-themed restaurant, is renowned for its excellent Caribbean cuisine that is complemented by modern international influences. So drop by any of our three locations and EXPERIENCE THE FOOTPRINTS CAFÉ hospitality and high-quality cuisine at affordable prices! We are looking forward to serving you at – Brooklyn’s Caribbean Kitchen, Home of the Rasta Pasta!
He is a proud alumnus of Calabar High School, one of Jamaica’s premier all-boys schools. Here in New York City he initially enrolled in college, only to eventually pursue a career in mechanics at the Apex Technical School. He would later go on to become a car dealer, a business he successfully ran for 10 years.
“I found my true passion in the food and hospitality industry when I decided to open Footprints Café in 2001. For me, New York is the United States “Food Mecca” with New York City as its epicenter. Its patrons and constituents are demanding, and the failure rate is very high. I knew all that but I also believed that done right, and with hard work, the rewards would be great. I was not wrong,” Bobby says.
The original flagship enterprise, where this food and drink experience and innovation started, is 5814 Clarendon Road, in Brooklyn, New York. Footprints II, known for its classic design and unique vibe, is also located in Brooklyn near the historical landmark—Coney Island Amusement Park/Boardwalk area.
And the immensely popular Footprints Café Express, the 5-Star take-out, eat-in establishment, is situated in the heart of the Flatbush/East Flatbush section of Brooklyn at 1377 Flatbush Avenue. It seems that there’s no stopping the man. A business success bug has bitten him – too many times. Bobby is never one to rest on his laurels. He’s looking to the future and there are a “few things” in the works – big things, like a new upscale takeout “coming soon” and a banqueting hall.
“I always want to improve on our products and our services. Footprints Café is about a dining experience – a fine dining experience. Not just any experience. So no matter which location you visit our goal is to have consistent food quality, great customer service, and a welcoming atmosphere – warm, professional and friendly. And definitely Caribbean,” Bobby explained.
“Throughout my career I’ve worked with many restaurants in the hospitality industry. I’m at home with restaurant start-ups as well as established ones – large or small or in-between. I’ve directed restaurant operations and I always manage to consistently increase sales through promotions, and marketing activities while controlling costs and maintaining quality. So no matter if its about volume catering, recruiting and training managers, supervisors and line staff, I’m your guy,” Linden says.
Always smiling and blessed with a charming and engaging personality, Linden can be Maître D, restaurant host, front manager or troubleshooter, as the situation demands. His ultimate goal is always to make sure that every customer has a great experience at the restaurants and that his staff delivers 5-star service to every patron – all the time. Under this direction and leadership Caribbean Food in Brooklyn is now extremely popular. Hands on, but not demonstrably so, Linden pays keen attention to everything that’s happening at Footprints Café. It’s the hallmark of an experienced manager when the staff feels very comfortable with him or her but understands that they must deliver constant quality services and food – very time.
You could not keep me out of the kitchen. Finally, in 1986, he was transferred to the hotel’s kitchen where, at first, he cleaned ovens, washed dishes, peeled potatoes, and assisted the breakfast chef. In this environment Chef Basil says, “I started to really learn how to cook.” Determined to be a skilled chef, he worked extra long hours at a time observing, watching, and asking questions of the hotel’s top chefs.
Chef Basil also worked with the cooking staff preparing and presenting special dishes for local cuisine competitions. He earned a certificate of merit for his cooking and culinary skills from Jamaica’s former Prime Minister Edward Seaga in 1983.
“I also got a scholarship to Hocking Technical College in Ohio for six weeks in the first instant and then for two years later. While there I cooked and served over 200 people at a 5-star private golf course, and worked with a mentor and master chef for 10 years cooking at some of the most expensive and exclusive hotels and golf courses in the world. Over my career I have cooked for groups of up to 4,000 people at a time, as well as small, selective and picky groups,” Chef Basil said.
Chef Basil joined the Footprints Café team in 2001. Today, he oversees all of the restaurant’s menu items, food quality and control, training of the restaurant’s cooking staff, restaurant and kitchen safety – he’s very big on that – portion control and periodic testing and creation of new menu items.
To provide our guests with outstanding and memorable experiences by presenting exceptional cuisine and genuine hospitality.
For a great dining and cultural experience, we provide our team with every possible resource to succeed in providing the best service and take pride in working together.
5814 Clarendon Rd
Brooklyn, NY 11203
Footprints Cafe Express
1377 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210
Footprints Cafe & Lounge (Coney Island)
1521 Surf Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11224