Shela's Pot is out of business.
Photo of Shela's courtesy of Cristalle, whose Flickr feed can be found here.
For years Shela's Pot been dishing out huge helpings of barbecued chicken, oxtail, conch, and stew mutton. Her fully loaded styrofoam boxes include potato salad, mac & cheese, peas, and rice. Prices start at $10 for the barbecue, go as high as $20 for the Whelk. Each is more than enough for two people.
Shela is no longer at her spot behind the bandstand because Cruz Bay Park is closed for several months while the long-awaited renovation happens. The park is now fenced off – off limits to sightseers, wanderers, loiterers, locals sell hand-made crafts. t-shirts, copper bracelets, and hot sauces.
And Shela's Pot is part of the collateral damage, according to Bob Malacarne, a long time island resident. He posted a comment to this Web site saying "I just found out that Shela is being thrown out of the park in Cruz Bay. She has been selling her fantastic food for nearly 32 years in that location. We need to get a petition going to stop the government from throwing Shela out of the park. Please contact me if you are interested in this effort. E-mail me at [email protected]."
Malacarne said Gov. John de Jongh is expected on island Monday. "We are forming a group to 'greet' the Governor. We have a petition going around and will present it to him then."
Folks love Shela. TripAdvisor rates her's the fourth best restaurant (among 24) in all of Cruz Bay. "Fantastic authentic Caribbean lunch," said one revewer in a few weeks ago. "Shela's Lobster and Curry Chicken A+. Bring an appetite as the sides go a long way."