Popular Cruz Bay Restaurant Sold

spyglass stairs

Well this makes us kinda sad…

We learned early Monday morning that Spyglass restaurant and bar will close its doors for good this weekend. After nearly three years of owning Spyglass, Brent and Mona Wardlaw will serve their last drink this Sunday night before holding a private dinner service for their staff.

“We hate to leave, but it’s for our health and for the best reasons,” Brent said Monday. “We’ve loved it here. We’ve made some great friends here. It’s a very special pace to us.”

Mona Brent
Mona and Brent

Brent and Mona became owners of Spyglass back in 2011. Originally from Texas, the couple left their stateside jobs to oversee the business along with their son Josh. In the years since, they’ve been known for their lovely southern hospitality and fun happy hours.

According to Brent, the two plan to head back to Texas where they will focus on Brent’s health while pursuing other opportunities.

From what we’ve heard, it seems like Joe from Waterfront Bistro will be taking over the place. We’re not sure what his plans are other than a major renovation.

In the meantime, stop by Spyglass this week and give this wonderful couple a proper sendoff. They’ll be open Tuesday through Sunday. Lunch is served from noon to 3 p.m.; happy hour is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and dinner is from 6 p.m. until… Well until it ends. 🙂

Best wishes folks.

From the NOSJ archives .. a great sunset from Spyglass
From the NOSJ archives .. a great sunset from Spyglass


8 thoughts on “Popular Cruz Bay Restaurant Sold”

  1. No offense to the Wardlaws but for long time visitors to St. John we often play a game of who can remember the complete list of occupants of that same space. If you look down at the base of some of the tables you will see “Pussers” in the casting of the base. That is as far as I go back to 1997. I am not sure if there was a pre-Pussers occupant. We also enjoyed the Wardlaws happy hour as we have always enjoyed that space for happy hour. It is just above the hub-bub of the ground floor of Wharfside yet right on the beach. We hope the new operators keep the space as pleasant and accessible as all the previous tenants had.

  2. We have come to know Mona and Brent over the last 3 years and will truly miss them. They are great people with hearts of gold. Our prayers are with Brent for a healthy future. We hope to see you in St. John when you’re back to relax and not to work!

  3. This was my favorite place to have a few too many. Stumbled down the stairs last time and blacked out an hour later. Fond memories!

  4. Dear Brent , Mona & Josh, you will truly be missed ! Will miss that warm,smiling ,genuine southern hospitality! Best wishes to you all .Brent you will be in our thoughts & prayers. Big hugs ! Joe & Rachelle ♥

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