Long ago, and far away, there was a bar on St. John called the Back Yard. It was an iconic, laid-back locals’ place, where all the builders and carpenters, and painters would hang out after a hard day’s work, or ‘night’ as befits the island’s reputation.
It was dark and not too many tourists felt comparable in its dodgy environs, the building hidden behind gift shops and accessible by a narrow walkway. But the place rocked, and was I think the soul of St. John’s development through the ’80s.
Well, one thing led to another, and the place closed. recently, Duffy’s from St. Thomas tried to make a go of the place, then they closed. And the space has been for sale for some time; not the building, but a "long term leasehold interest" That means you don’t own the building, but you can rent it.
Finally, there’s a ‘contract pending’ on the Multiple Listing Service. Will it return to its days of glory as a locals place serving Greenies for a couple of bucks, or will it go upscale with many other places? or will it even be a bar/restaurant? Stay tuned.