New Restaurant Opening in Coral Bay

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Two weeks ago, we told you about how Jolly Dog Trading Co. opened a second location in the former Voyages building – now called the Isola building – out in Coral Bay. Well today, we’d like to tell you about a new restaurant that’s opening right next door – Wok on the Beach.

Wok on the Beach is an Asian fusion restaurant that will feature a Pan-Asian tapas menu, hand-crafted cocktails, as well as an extensive sake and tea menu. Bruce David, the restaurant’s owner and chef, is no stranger to the local restaurant scene. He previously owned Cafe Wahoo, both here and on St. Thomas, for more than 12 years.

After an extensive, 10-month floor-to-ceiling renovation, the space has transformed into a tropical seaside restaurant that seeks to tantalize your taste buds while setting you off on your own culinary adventure. It has both outdoor and indoor seating – it is the only air conditioned restaurant in all of Coral Bay – and it also has a beautiful, yet comfortable inside bar. Take a peek at its menu:

(Click this link to view a clearer PDF of the menu: MENU PDF.)

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Bruce plans to launch a to-go menu complete with a specific pickup spot for orders. He also plans to launch a brunch menu as well.

Wok on the Beach will be opened daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Its official opening date will be posted on its Facebook page.

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How Many Days?

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We’re taking a quick break from the news today folks. But in the meantime, we’d like to know, how many days until your next trip? Let us know in the comments section.

Have a great Tuesday everyone!

An Update on Oppenheimer

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Back in January, we told you about Oppenheimer and how it was undergoing a little renovation of sorts. Well we brought some News of St. John Tours guests down there the other day, and I have to say, the place is really starting to look great!

For starters, there is still one no parking sign in front of the Oppenheimer gate, but no one has really been adhering to that lately. And to be honest, I’m not sure how active the construction is down there, simply based on what I’ve seen driving by nearly everyday. But what I can say is that the building looks great. A new accessible ramp has been installed in addition to a new building that will house several showers. Check out a few pics I took:

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So as you can see, it’s not completely finished, but it’s looking pretty good. There is also a lot of fencing still onsite so you have to walk around a bit to snap that famed tire swing photo. :)

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So again, it’s a work in progress folks. We’ll keep you all posted on what’s happening over there. In the meantime, have a fantastic week everyone!

And the Winners Are…

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First of all, I just wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who entered our raffle. The response was simply overwhelming.

We received more than 3,000 entries. We received entries from 46 states plus Puerto Rico and, of course, the Virgin Islands. We received the most entries from Massachusetts, followed by the Virgin Islands and then Florida. My gosh. My heart is so full.

The Island Health and Wellness Center helped me last month when I thought no one could, or no one would. I promised to repay Sandy for her kindness, her care and her overwhelming compassion. And thanks to all of you, I was able to do so … and in an amazing way.

We raised $30,670!!!!!

All of the money has already been given to the Island Health and Wellness Center. The money will be used to subsidize office visits – the center charges $50 a visit while an average visit costs them around $200. It will also be used to hire additional staff. I honestly could not thank you all enough.

Now who wants to know who the winners are??!! Well then check out this video! (And please know that both Sandy and I absolutely hate being on video – :) )

And yes, that was a champagne bucket we used to hold all of the raffle tickets. Because why wouldn’t we? :)

Again, so much love to you all. If I could hug each and every one of you, I promise I would.

Nice Changes Happening at Barefoot Cowboy

Lauren is the new general manager of Barefoot Cowboy.

Lauren is the new general manager of Barefoot Cowboy.

Hello everyone and happy Friday! Today we’d like to tell you about some nice changes happening over at one of our favorite barbecue spots and watering holes – Barefoot Cowboy.

As you may know, Liz and Steve Horner bought Barefoot Cowboy back in April 2016. Since then, they’ve incorporated some nice changes including a great menu upgrade and more. Well the Horners have more great plans in store…

For those of you who love the vibe at Barefoot, it’s about to get even better. The bar will undergo a nice little remodel this off season. When Barefoot reopens this fall (and no need to worry, it will only close for about two weeks most likely in early October – we will keep you posted on that), it will have an even nicer, larger u-shaped bar. The doorway to its covered, outdoor porch will be opened up which will allow guests a better view of the outside from inside, as well as a better view of the musical performers from the porch area.

Speaking of the music, Barefoot is really working hard to up its live music game. Liz and Steve just hired Lauren Boquette to work as the general manager. Lauren has spent the past 25 years working in the entertainment industry, most recently as the manager of the So-Cal band, the Wheeland Brothers. Lauren received a recording contract himself at the age of 24 and spent more than a decade touring, recording and working as a musician.

He visited Barefoot last winter with the Wheeland Brothers, and like many, immediately fell in love with the island. It was then that he first met Liz and Steve.

“In the perfect timing of Lauren’s visit to the island coupled with (our) vision for the next phase of Barefoot Cowboy, a powerful synergy was born that soon became undeniable, the Horners said. “Lauren’s vast knowledge of entertainment from helping create nationwide music festivals to night club management will bring a brand new twist to the Barefoot Cowboy.”

Barefoot is holding a welcome party for Lauren this evening, and Liz and Steve would like you all to attend. Aswad’s Fall is playing this evening at 7 p.m.

Barefoot Cowboy is located in the Lumberyard in Cruz Bay. Just follow the yellow footsteps up the hill and around to the back. :)

HGTV Films New Caribbean Life Episode

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Well folks, it’s pretty clear that the crew over at HGTV really loves St. John because they were back on island yesterday filming a new episode of Caribbean Life.

According to its website, Caribbean Life follows “families as they leave the mainland behind and head to the Caribbean to live on island time. Join their search for an affordable slice of heaven, touring gorgeous homes on white sandy beaches.” This latest episode follows Dana and Troy Neil.

Troy is part owner of Cruz Bay Watersports. The couple has a very adorable son named Tucker. :)

Dana and Troy filmed at Joe’s Rum Hut on Cruz Bay beach yesterday for several hours alongside realtor Amanda Arquit. Amanda is a realtor with Cruz Bay Realty.

This is the third time that HGTV has filmed on island over the past year. Julie Hoy and David Thomeczek, managers of Coconut Coast Villas, filmed an episode last November. That episode should air soon. Liz and Steve Horner, owners of Barefoot Cowboy, also filmed back in 2016. Their episode aired January 1st.

We’ll keep you posted on when this latest episode will air.

(Side note: I know there will be several people who will not be happy about the filming. We get these comments a lot. But please remember, that these shows promote our island and subsequently bring visitors here. Tourism is what this island runs on. So these shows are a blessing for us, not a curse.)