Island Blues Closes Its Doors For Good

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Just four months after listing it for sale, Colette Diede announced Wednesday her decision to close the doors to Island Blues for good. Here’s what she posted on Island Blues’ Facebook page:

“DIVING BACK INTO THE CARIBBEAN…. Yes, I’ve finally had to chose between 2 dreams and I’m heading back to my true love, teaching diving and 6-Paq Scuba. To make that happen I’ve closed Island Blues while its up for SALE. It’s been a great experience getting to know so many of you and I already miss you oh so much. But you know the old saying, “you can take the girl out of water…”, and those of you who have seen me in both places know this girl is oh so much more alive in the water than in the bar…. I’ve tried for three years to operate and hopefully integrate the two businesses, but it’s just too much for one person. So to get my gills wet again, I’ve slashed the price to operate your own waterfront Caribbean bar and restaurant to $35,000, but just make an offer if you are interested. What could I have done better. Run one business and had the right people in the kitchen consistently for lunch and dinner every day of the week. But then how can I take my diving family diving? lol. After many attempts, I just love the ocean and resolving diver’s fears way more than dealing with cooks. I’m not as old as I thought. lol.”

So as Collette mentioned in her Facebook posting, Island Blues is now listed for only $35,000. That’s a pretty huge reduction considering her initial asking price was $99,000.

Now I’m sure many of you are wondering how the possible marina will affect the sale of Island Blues. Here’s what its MLS listing states with regard to that:

“SELLER SAYS ”MAKE ME AN OFFER!!!!!” GET SET UP & RUNNING IN TIME FOR SEASON! WATERFRONT Business on CORAL BAY, ISLAND BLUES RESTAURANT & BAR in the heart of the proposed marina. There are 2 years and an option to renew for 5 years remaining on the lease. IF the marina goes in we have first right of refusal to similar ground floor space in the marina. The floors, bar and kitchen recently refinished and repainted. Your opportunity is in operating the kitchen & serving consistently good food! Seller was turning away people every day who wanted to eat in this waterfront restaurant. There are no outstanding debts, liens or financial or legal burden of any kind associated with the business.”

Think you have what it takes to run a waterfront restaurant and bar in the Caribbean? If so, contact Diana Beam at RE/MAX Island Paradise Realty at [email protected] or visit her website at www.remaxstjohnrealestate.com

12 thoughts on “Island Blues Closes Its Doors For Good”

  1. Bummer! Loved this bar when we would come over to Coral Bay for the day. A nice way to end a beautiful day having a couple cold ones looking out over the water.

  2. Just want to say I enjoy the blog. Have a question.

    What’s happening with property taxes? Understand there was a number of protests. Someone was working on a Class Action – don’t know who or what’s occurred since statements came out. Thanks

    Mike Mullen

  3. Perfect for Kenny to buy. I believe he wrote one of his early songs at the bar. He can use it as headquarters to fight the marina and his “blue chair” will fit in just fine with the decor

  4. Craig & I would love to re-open The Surly Cantina. Great location & desperate to get back to St. John. And Rum-Coholic, you’re right, fantastic location for Save Coral Bay headquarters.

  5. Hopefully someone cool scoops it up and opens it in time for high season. We have a group of twenty coming in February and would love to party hard!
    I believe the real reason it shut down is the competition from Oasis across the street. There is no beating the location so someone should be able to make it a success. Best of luck to whoever buys it.

  6. Colette,
    Don’t mean to lowball, but would you take $5,000.00 cash and can close the deal immediately? Let me know and we will fly down Monday. Post a response to this site, please. Jay and Sue in San Diego, Ca.

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