Like many of you, I watched in shock yesterday as a fire tore through a section of Mongoose Junction. I had just traveled up to the States and felt completely helpless watching businesses that we all know and love get destroyed from afar. I hopped on the first flight I could and arrived back on island this morning. I just left Mongoose Junction, and this is what I saw…
The Tap Room and The Beauty Lounge have substantial damage.
Ocean Grill received little damage, which was confirmed by its owner.
North Shore Deli and The Brewtique appear to have sustained heavy water damage.
As of this morning, all of the businesses in and around the area of The Tap Room and Ocean Grill are closed including Caravan Gallery, Sugarbirds, The Fabric Mill, Portico, North Shore Deli, The Brewtique, R&I Patton, Friends of the Park Store, Just Beach and Scoops. Businesses on the other side of Mongoose Junction including Big Planet and Sun Dog Cafe remain open.
In addition to the businesses lost, there are a number of residents who are now unable to work. If you would like to donate to the employees of Mongoose Junction, you can do so through the St. John Revolving Fund. The Fund 501c3 so donations are tax deductible. Please make checks payable to St. John Revolving Fund and please note which business you intend to donate to. Checks can be dropped off at Connections or mailed to: Connections, PO Box 37, St. John, VI 00831.