Cafe Roma’s owner: “We will return!”

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Photo courtesy of Kevin McCarthy

From John Hiebert’s Facebook page …

“The restaurant closed last night at 10:30 pm….. same as always… (Sunday) at about 1:30 pm smoke was seen billowing out of the restaurant. Local business owners and staff jumped into action. (Castaways, Woodys) The fire Dept, Police, St John Rescue, and all that responded did a great job.

“However, the restaurant didn’t make it. 

“Thank God that Woody’s, La Tapa, and Quiet Mon, Bayside were not touched by the fire.  Sorry that you had to close because they shut off all power in the area…….. ( I am truly sorry that you had to close for the evening….. but I am so touched that you were all on your roofs with hoses trying to control the fire.) 

“I live on St Thomas, and had to wait for the next ferry (1 hour after we heard the news)–just to see what was going on…. I could see smoke billowing over St John the entire ride ……. That was quite sickening for Michelle and I, because we knew that it was our restaurant BURNING!!… When we reached the St John dock, Michelle and I were so touched by all the people greeting us at the ferry, tears in their eyes. 

“The St John community is sooooo very very special. You have turned out in support and prayers for us… THANK YOU!!!!!!!!! We are so very blessed by the friends and support from everyone. WE WILL REBUILD!!!!! ROMA WILL RETURN!”

11 thoughts on “Cafe Roma’s owner: “We will return!””

  1. John,
    We were there the night you made the decision to buy. C R has always been one of our favorites. We look forward to seeing The Business of the Year back on its feet. We are thinking of you and your great employees.
    Bob and Jean–NH

  2. John,
    We were there the night you made the decision to buy. C R has always been one of our favorites. We look forward to seeing The Business of the Year back on its feet. We are thinking of you and your great employees.
    Bob and Jean–NH

  3. John,
    We were there the night you made the decision to buy. C R has always been one of our favorites. We look forward to seeing The Business of the Year back on its feet. We are thinking of you and your great employees.
    Bob and Jean–NH

  4. My husband and I wish you the best in the future while rebuilding….. (we live at the Jersey Shore, so rebuilding has become a big part of our everyday life…)
    We had our wedding dinner at Cafe Roma back on Halloween 2008, and I can only hope that one day we can eat there again.
    Good luck!!

  5. Wishing you the best from Chesapeake Virginia. Cafe Roma is one of our family favorites. We are sending positive thoughts your way.

  6. Wishing you guys all the best in your rebuild- we can’t wait to eat at CR again soon- always a must stop on every visit!

  7. Rotary East on St. Thomas, whom you’ve generously supported by participating in our Dining Out Books, sends you our sincere regrets about this terrible event. We hope you’ll be able to rebuild and be back again soon.
    Fiona Stuart
    Rotary St. Thomas East

  8. John, I am so sorry to hear of this news and I know that you will rebuild to the same charm and relaxing dining experience that I have come to know over the years. I love that once I arrive on island that I can walk into the cafe and see you smile and am always greeted with a hug and good conversation. Over the years I have told family and friends that you have to stop in and enjoy in my opinion the best italian food in the islands. Kepp that smile going and look forward to enjoying many more years of dining experiences.

  9. John,
    It was great to see you last week, and I was so sorry to hear the news! I know with your positive attitude and great spirit you’ll be back in business in no time.
    All the Best,
    Sarah
    (former STJ Inn owner)

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