Our Mission

Serving Exceptional Afro-Caribbean Cuisine With Style And Grace

Our Story

Our Founders

Inspired by years of living and traveling in the Caribbean and Africa, celebrated restaurateur and nightclub owner Joe Russo  created Rock Steady to give Atlantans an immersive sensory sampling of the vibrant cuisines of the West Indies in an upmarket setting.

“With every venue, my goal is to bring people from all cultures and influences together to enjoy a unique experience whether it’s based on music, culture, or food. Rock Steady is my latest commitment to that vision.” 

– Joe Russo, Owner

Haitian-American entrepreneur and photographer Jacob Thomas drew inspiration for the restaurant from his cultural roots in addition to his passion for the arts, travel, and cooking for friends and family. 

“It’s important that we raise the bar with everything we do at Rock Steady, from the service to our thoughtfully curated music selection and menu.” 

– Jacob Thomas, Co-Founder and Principal 

While working in the event industry in Chicago, Thomas and Russo became friends. Over time, they discussed several potential concepts in hospitality that would provide unique, quality experiences while highlighting their shared passion for music, art, design, and culture.