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Island Hut Brings Taste of Caribbean to Wheaton

New restaurant opens in former Irene's Pupusas diner.

The newly repainted diner car style restaurant on University Boulevard has a significantly brighter sign than just a few months ago. Once one of the Irene's Pupusa's locations, then empty for several months, the restaurant has been remade into the Island Hut.

Owner Phillip Johnson moved to the area from Florida, where he owned a similar business. Inside, bamboo-style blinds shade customers seated at either the counter or in one of a few booths. 

"It's a great location," Johnson said, "We're learning when the busy times will be."

Island Hut's big menu item is Caribbean jerk chicken, but they also offer a seafood dishes and sides from yucca to fried dumplings to mac n'cheese.

The restaurant, located at 2408 University Boulevard West, has been open for a few weeks now, after a month of work to bring the location back to full operation.

ilkunta April 07, 2011 at 01:16 AM
I thought Irenes Pupusa were unaffected by the recession as they qucik & cheap. But she does have a location around the corner by ennalls. When did this 1 close? Ill have to check this out. This is next to chicken place right?
Sanita (Alrey) Debose July 29, 2011 at 12:11 AM
Great people and good food at the Island Hut. The corn bread is great. It's a secret family recipe.
Interrobang February 27, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Is it still open?

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