It all started in 1969 when Errol and Dianna Bishop first met in Washington, D.C. After showing Dianna his culinary skills, the two decided to try the restaurant business. 1971 "Dianna's West Indian Foods" opened its doors in northwest D.C. Three years later a second location by the same name opened in the Howard University area as well as "Dianna's Caribbean Cooking" in the Baltimore Inner Harbor.
After moving to Charleston, West Virginia in 1986 they took a break from the 24/7 grind of running a restaurant(s) and did other things. However, after being in the area for a while and feeling out the market, they decided it was time to rekindle that food service fire. So in 1991 they opened the "Calypso Restaurant"in Dunbar, W.V. Because Caribbean-American cuisine was pretty much non-existent in the area, the curiosity of trying something new really brought the people out. So much so that they opened up three more restaurants around the Charleston area in the following years.
When Errol and Dianna moved to Florida in 2000, they felt it was time to leave the restaurant business. However, cooking was in their blood. So the next best thing to do was to take the "flavor of the Caribbean" on the road. By getting involved with the various trade shows, state fairs, flea markets, and other social or civic events throughout the eastern part of the U.S., these two started exposing the "cooking magic" to countless people who may have never tried or prepared Caribbean food.
Errol and Dianna Bishop may not have changed the world, but they sure have made its food taste better.