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VIsnorkeler
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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?

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Topic starter Posted : August 12, 2011 7:16 pm
Hiya!
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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.

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Posted : August 12, 2011 7:24 pm
Juanita
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Latitude is closing for good on Aug. 27. Nothing to do with WAPA or lack of business. It's the land owners who want to build something else. I heard a marina.

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Posted : August 12, 2011 8:29 pm
STX46
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Never heard of Latitude 18--where is it

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Posted : August 12, 2011 10:16 pm
Juanita
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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!!"

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Posted : August 13, 2011 12:46 am
STX46
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Got it--kind of like the old, original Wreck Bar on STX

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Posted : August 13, 2011 10:18 am
JoeyBallgame
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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.

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Posted : August 13, 2011 1:23 pm
STXBob
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He told me it is "a joints walk from our house"........which, if you are into that sort of thing, it is.

My plumber uses cigarettes to measure the drying time for PVC cement.
1) Apply PVC cement to pipe
2) Smoke a cigarette
3) Pipe is ready for high pressure water

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Posted : August 13, 2011 1:59 pm
East Ender
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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. 🙁

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Posted : August 13, 2011 7:10 pm
RockyDock
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"... wonder if it is kismet that Dick Solberg was in that boating accident the same year ..."

EE: Hadn't heard of Dick being in an accident. Details?

Rocky Dock
Water Island

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Posted : August 13, 2011 7:51 pm
East Ender
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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. 🙁

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Posted : August 13, 2011 8:44 pm
JoeyBallgame
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East Ender: that's what my buddy told me about the place, that's why I wanted to check it out. Would love to go to an old school bar & hear stories.

I don't always have to have a game on the tv to watch, just most of the time (wink wink).

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Posted : August 13, 2011 11:10 pm
Juanita
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According to The Daily News, one of the owner's of Lattitue said it WAS slow business that caused the closure. No mention of being forced out.

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Posted : August 31, 2011 6:42 pm
BeachcomberStt
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Latitude 18 is reopening Dec. 10 with "Battle of the Island Bands" and other great activities..

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Posted : December 3, 2011 7:43 pm
noOne
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New Attitude New Latitude 18

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Posted : December 3, 2011 10:33 pm
OldTart
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I hope the new operators do well. My oh my, flat screen TVs at the bar, cruise ship visitors during the day. Me no know!

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Posted : December 4, 2011 12:24 pm
East Ender
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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

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Posted : December 4, 2011 10:53 pm
Count
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Will the road be repaired/maintained better I wonder? If they're going to be bringing in tourists from the ships (presumably via taxi) the 'road' might need a bit of attention.. 🙂

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Posted : December 4, 2011 11:27 pm
East Ender
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It's a private road. They haven't been able to get the homeowners to pave it so far. Not sure they are interested in making it easy for anyone...

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Posted : December 5, 2011 1:28 am
Linda J
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Don't know about STT, but on STX many property owners don't want their private roads improved. The bad road is a disincentive for gawkers and thieves.

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Posted : December 5, 2011 9:03 am
Count
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Ah, thanks EE and Linda.. I never realized it was a private road.

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Posted : December 5, 2011 6:09 pm
East Ender
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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)

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Posted : December 10, 2011 8:14 pm
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