Lime Inn for sale

SignOne of the island's oldest and most successful restaurants, the Lime Inn, is onthe market.  According to Restaurants-For-Sale.com, the asking price is $1.5 million.

Rich and Chris Meyer opened the place 27 years ago.  The Inquiring Iguana can remember huddling at the Inn's bar in the late '80's, avoiding the rain outside, like something out of CasablancaRich, ever the welcoming maitre 'd, entertained while Chris made hamburger-magic with what seemed like little more than a hot plate and a microwave in the kitchen, on the other side of the patio seating area.

LimeinnThe listing says the Lime Inn "has been consistently profitable … (has a) great name and reputation." No one can contest that.

"Open, relaxed ambience, island breezes, in the middle of everything, yet relaxed and private." Roger, that.

According to the Web site listing, the reason for selling is retirement. "Time for owners to sail away.  It has been a great run."

(Several efforts to reach the Lime Inn owners over the weekend were unsuccessful, and the listing Web site, restaurants-for-sale.com, is unknown to the Inquiring Iguana.  He's still waiting for confirmation.)

14 comments for “Lime Inn for sale

  1. Art
    September 6, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I have been visiting St John since the early eighties and I remember the beginning days of this great restaurant. It’s not only the food that has made it great, but the personality of the owners, and staff had just as much to do with the success. Rich, seemed like everybody’s friend, and when he goes he will surely be missed. Rich, if you see this, Laura, and I wish you the best in whatever you plan to do next, thanks for your kindness, and generosity over the years….
    Art and Laura New Orleans, La

  2. September 7, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Rich, you have always been a friend and you have provided a wonderful place for us to relax and enjoy good food and company for over 25 years! You have watched our kids grow up, celebrated birthdays with us, and provided a great night out dining and relaxing away from it all! Stacey and I wish you the absolute best in whatever the future holds for you, and thanks again for the memories!
    Tim and Stacey Spence from TEXAS (via South Carolina)!

  3. Ann
    September 7, 2011 at 10:32 am

    An icon that was always a wonderful experience. I hope whoever buys it keeps shrimp night going….

  4. Joe
    September 7, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I first came to St. John in 1982, making my way every year there after that first trip, sometimes twice, not as much of late. The Lime Inn was always a part of the trip, and, even though he didn’t know my name, Chris would always acknowledge with “welcome back”…..followed by an always enjoyed meal.
    Thank Chris….for the good food, for being a memorable host, and, for making St. John a special place.
    Wish you could stay forever….
    Joe Martino
    Sea Cliff, NY

  5. east Ender
    September 7, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Lotta food to move to justify $1.5mm. I’m guessing the real estate isn”t included. Good luck to them and whomever buys!

  6. September 8, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    This is bittersweet news. Rich’s warm welcome has become familiar over the years. I wish Rich and Chris a happy and healthy retirement.

  7. Bob
    September 9, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    So sad to hear but well earned for the both of you. We wish you success in the sale and in your future plans. Is a move back to NJ in the plans? All the same, we will be there in April and hope we can see you and enjoy the Lime and your hospitality one last time.
    The very best of luck,
    Bob and Doreen from Medford

  8. September 13, 2011 at 3:49 am

    I wish Rich and Chris a happy and healthy retirement.. I wish you the absolute best in whatever the future holds for you, and thanks again for the memories!

  9. kyle
    September 14, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Put your time in
    to chime in
    on the Lime Inn.

  10. john
    September 14, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    give me a break 1.5m no real estate
    are plastic chairs included, good luck will be on market forever

  11. September 18, 2011 at 12:51 am

    It does seem like it might be a bit sentimental in the pricing.

  12. December 26, 2012 at 12:40 am

    ok

  13. Rick Hinds
    October 13, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Worked with Rich and Chris at Lime Inn for several years in 90s.(went through 10,000 lbs of Caribbean lobster one year!) Some of my fondest memories! Good luck to you both! Wish you much happiness. “Big man” from Maine (Rick Hinds) Hi to Mason if he’s still around. And to big brother Mik. from Texas! ( Mik Get in touch if you see this)Love you guys.

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