The untimely deaths of two more island restaurants, at the Marketplace, is a reminder of just how tough that kind of business is to run, especially on St. John.
As GastroGrub was limping through its last hours last week, many folks on Facebook – and even in phone calls and in person – were urging islanders and visitors to make a farewell visit to the second floor of the Cruz Bay shopping center to taste the last days' offerings. Not exactly, "Support Your Local Sheriff," but the idea's the same.
You can't take restaurants, or any business on the island, for granted. So get out there and eat!
Locals have their favorite places, of course. But visitors arriving in Cruz Bay may ned some help. So they should get to Connections, near the ferry dock, or the tourist kiosk across from the post office and grab a copy of the monthly magazine, the St. John Sun Times.
On pages 22 and 23, you'll find an extensive directory to island eateries. Whether its breakfast or barbeque or Latin, the ghide ljsts almost 100 tasty options from Cruz Bay to Coral Bay. There's also "Cheap Sheet" is a regular feature of the Sun Times, too. It's a guide to what's new at some of the established places, as well as tips on deals on drinks and appetitzers during happy hours.
The cover story for the latest issue, featuring 'Ravenous Woman', is a roundup of new restaurants. Six places have just opened their doors, featuring vegan, Asian, Jamaican and fresh seafood. You can prep yourself even before you get to the island by reading Dining Debuts here.