Hello everyone and happy Wednesday! We have such great news to share with you today!!
So back in August we told you how Ocean Grill decided to close its doors for good. We’ve received a ton of questions about what’s happening with that space, and we’ve finally received the go ahead to share the great news with all of you today.
The new spot is going to be called 18°64°: The Restaurant, and it’s being brought to you by the talented folks over at Extra Virgin Bistro. But no need to worry, Extra Virgin isn’t going anywhere. 18°64° will be a sister restaurant of sorts, and from what we’ve been told, it’s going to be amazing.
Whereas Extra Virgin prides itself as having a farm to table concept, 18°64° is going to offer more of a sea to table concept. The owners of 18°64° – Ryan Costanzo, Tom Garfield and Creagh Spillano – have been speaking with local fishermen in an effort to incorporate an abundance of fresh seafood in its menu. And just like over at Extra Virgin, they’ll have a scratch kitchen where they will make everything in house from fresh bread to salad dressings to ice creams and more.
18°64° will be open for lunch and dinner, which is great considering its location over in Mongoose Junction. The men stressed that nothing will be repeated from one restaurant to another, although both will continue to focus on being fresh, homemade and using locally sourced ingredients including herbs, greens and other fresh vegetables from their rooftop garden. (They hope to incorporate a second garden at their new location, although that remains in the planning stages.)
In terms of price point, 18°64° will be less expensive when compared to Extra Virgin although the quality will not be sacrificed. 18°64° also plans to offer delicious craft cocktails and an extensive wine list focusing on lighter whites and reds, as well as sparkling wines and rosés.
The space is currently undergoing a renovation, and a new roof is being installed. The restaurant will have a brand new, large bar area complete with hightop tables, as well as a large dining room. The decor will include lots of clean whites and aquas that is traditional over at Mongoose Junction, but will also include lots of local artwork that’s bright and vibrant.
“We want to maintain some of that fresh Caribbean vibe while embracing the airiness and brightness of the space,” Creagh told me Tuesday. “It’s going to be clean, bright and vibrant which will also be representative of the food.”
Mongoose Junction owner and designer Glen Speer is helping the team to oversee the rebuild, so you know it’s going to be stunning. 18°64° hopes to open in late winter or early spring.
So now you may be wondering where the name came from. Well it happens to be the coordinates of St. John.
“The cool thing about it is that it’s our coordinates, it’s St. John, and that’s what they’re going for – fresh local food from local fisherman and from scratch,” Jennifer Gibbud said Tuesday. “The name itself nails our concept on the head.”
I’m not sure about all of you, but I’m pretty excited about this one. We will share more details as soon as we can. In the meantime, have a great Wednesday everyone!
15 thoughts on “Familiar Faces Opening New Restaurant at Mongoose Junction”
Looking forward to eating there when I return to STJ in early March. That space where the new restaurant will be was the first place we ate on the first night of our first visit 32 years ago.
Ocean Grill was one of our very favorites! We were so sad when we learned it would not reopen but this new concept sounds great! My only hope is that despite getting a new roof, will a portion of it be open air like Ocean Grill? That was such a nice part of being there. Good luck and hopefully it will be open by the time we get there in April!
We were also big Ocean Grill fans, it was our favorite place for lunch and the staff always did a great job with our pre-Dohms water taxi lunches and spoiled our son with treats.
Looking forward to the new restaurant. I love the idea of highlighting local seafood.
This is great news. The food at Extra Virgin is terrific. Planning a 2019 trip, I hope they are open when we get there!
Sounds amazing!! We will definitely check it out when we get back in April!
Good news indeed! These guys are the best.
So exciting, Extra Virgin is our favorite! Can’t wait
Sounds like a great restaurant and location! We will be back next May, any idea of a rough target date for their opening??
Wonderful! I can’t wait to feast my eyes on the food! Sounds like it will be YUMMY place to eat!
Can’t wait to try it. Extra Virgin is one of our favorites and I love seafood so hopefully this will be another great option to dine at for the coming years. Sorry to see Ocean grill go though too. Good luck and see you in June 2019!
Didn’t see a opening date. Any idea yet? Planning to be in St. John on Jan. 2nd-7th. Do you think we will be able to visit?
They expect to open late winter or early spring.
Congratulations, Ryan Costanzo and partners on your new endeavor! Can’t wait to try it out!
Do you know a scheduled opening date? We will be on St. John April 25-May 6th, 2019 and are hoping it will be open! Thanks!.
I do not believe it will be open then.