Sybils’s was started in 1976 when the late Sybil Bernard-Kerrutt started selling bread to a small circle of friends. At the time the Guyanese born mom was motivated by the desire to earn extra money as there were nine children under her care. The drive to outpace poverty would eventually lead to Mrs Bernard-Kerrutt becoming a pioneer in the West Indian-American community. Sybil’s Bakery and Restaurant was one of the first establishments to cater to the needs of a fast-rising Guyanese and Caribbean presence in New York.
With the help of all nine children Sybil was able to leave the confines of the family’s kitchen in Far Rockaway, Queens and open her first store at 159-24 Hillside Avenue in 1978. Other locations were later opened in Brooklyn and Richmond Hill. The last named serves as the largest operating store under the Sybil’s brand.
Sybil’s on Hillside prides itself in being the ‘original’ location and strives continually to deliver the high level of quality and service established by its founder.