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After 40 years in business, owner sells Anntony's Caribbean Café

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Gwendolyn Glenn
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Anntony’s Caribbean Café at opening time — customers come in early before it officially opens.

For the past 40 years, Charlotteans have enjoyed the succulent made-from-scratch Caribbean dishes at various Anntony's Caribbean Café restaurants.

Owner Tony Martin, a native of Guyana, has had nine locations in the region at times, including restaurants in uptown, Lake Wylie, Asheville and Hickory. But over the years, he pared it down to one at W.T. Harris on West Sugar Creek Road that opened 20 years ago.

Now, as Martin prepares to close his last cafe, WFAE's Gwendolyn Glenn visited his restaurant to take a look back on his life and career thus far. Listen to their conversation at the audio link above.

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Gwendolyn is an award-winning journalist who has covered a broad range of stories on the local and national levels. Her experience includes producing on-air reports for National Public Radio and she worked full-time as a producer for NPR’s All Things Considered news program for five years. She worked for several years as an on-air contract reporter for CNN in Atlanta and worked in print as a reporter for the Baltimore Sun Media Group, The Washington Post and covered Congress and various federal agencies for the Daily Environment Report and Real Estate Finance Today. Glenn has won awards for her reports from the Maryland-DC-Delaware Press Association, SNA and the first-place radio award from the National Association of Black Journalists.