Rumor mill says they are closing for good the end of this month! What is going on? Not just with this restaurant, but with so many restaurants closing lately. I mean, these aren't new restaurants who just aren't making it, these are established restaurants who have regular business, right?
Lots of places close for aug and sept. Wapa is higher and tourism really drops off. So it's usually that's when restaurant owners and employees take their vacation or work on repairs. Even well established business like Rumrunners close in September. Locals aren't going out enough for these places to stay open in the summer. I know in summer the last thing I usually want is a big heavy meal. Wish more places had great salads in summer.
Red Hook, STT. It's a very special place! We have loads of memories, as do many others on St. Thomas' east end, and beyond!
...starting with just getting there...the worst road on St. Thomas! Thank goodness, we mostly were taking the dinghy! Dick Solberg, "TheFiddler", was a winter-time regular entertainer (starting with New Year's Eve!!!), along with so many other fabulous musicians over the years. Latitude 18 was/is truly a boatie kind of place. No rules...just fun! Dogs welcome, as a matter of fact, home to the original Barktoberfest for several years. Hard to explain Latitude 18, but I'm glad I got to be a part of it. Some of those jam sessions went 'till 5 AM! "Ain't it Great to be Alive!!"
As I am new to the Island, I had not heard about it til yesterday from my buddy on our way back from St. John.
He told me it is "a joints walk from our house"........which, if you are into that sort of thing, it is. He said he likes that bar but none of his friends really do, so he doesn't go in there much.
Looks like we will have to go before the end of the month so I can at least say I had been there.
Joey: If you are into HDTV and satellite dishes, you probably won't like Latitude, which is more "old school" St Thomas- boaties and greenie fans sitting around a bar telling stories, singing sea chanties with the Fiddler, great burgers.
I wonder if it is kismet that Dick Solberg was in that boating accident the same year that Latitude is going to close. 🙁
News and update are on his website: http://www.sunmountainfiddler.com/
He has cancelled his schedule through the beginning of September. He was planning on returning to Latitude this winter. 🙁
Sounds like the Caribbean Saloon on the Waterfront. What is the deal with the ubiquitous sports programming at bars? It used to be nice going some place and talking to the other patrons, playing stupid bar games, etc. Now it is all about watching a game. Boo. Hiss.
Oops, I guess Thumper's mom will come after me now.:P
Actually, the road seems to have been repaired, at least up to the cut-off to the new church. In Googling the owners, I see that one was involved with the Duckaneer, so maybe that is where the desire for cruise ship passengers comes from. The TVs alone have changed the entire mood of the place. And I hope they rethink their cocktail prices.(td)