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speee1dy
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i had always loved the galleon before and am looking forward to trying it under the new management.

on a side note-what happened to the golden rail?

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Posted : May 28, 2015 8:53 pm
janeinstx
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Marina changed hands and new owner increased the rent. You can find the NEW Golden Rail at Mill Harbor

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Posted : May 28, 2015 9:32 pm
speee1dy
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oh, thank you jane

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Posted : May 28, 2015 10:49 pm
CruzanIron
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Marina changed hands and new owner increased the rent. You can find the NEW Golden Rail at Mill Harbor

Jane, is there a replacement at the old Golden Rail?

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Posted : May 28, 2015 11:04 pm
speee1dy
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we drove by 2 weeks ago to eat there, there was nothing there yet but it had a sign up saying something about remodeling etc.

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Posted : May 29, 2015 10:42 am
pilatesgal318
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CruzanIron,

I know for a fact that the owner is working on making positive changes there and getting a new tenant in for the restaurant/bar space...

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Posted : May 29, 2015 10:43 am
vicanuck
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I think it'll be a tough go for them at the Mill Harbor location. Friends of mine owned Smuggler's Cove and did very well when there were lots of transient Hovensa contractors with gobs of money to spend. But, as soon as they stopped staying at Mill Harbor and all that was left were owners and vacationers, Smuggler's Cove and every entity after them has failed in that location. I think people will be put off by the security gate, parking and long walk to the restaurant. I wish them well, but just my opinion.

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Posted : May 30, 2015 10:46 am
CruzanIron
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I think it'll be a tough go for them at the Mill Harbor location. Friends of mine owned Smuggler's Cove and did very well when there were lots of transient Hovensa contractors with gobs of money to spend. But, as soon as they stopped staying at Mill Harbor and all that was left were owners and vacationers, Smuggler's Cove and every entity after them has failed in that location. I think people will be put off by the security gate, parking and long walk to the restaurant. I wish them well, but just my opinion.

The parking situation is exactly why I stopped going to that location.

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Posted : May 30, 2015 11:18 am
speee1dy
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but they had the best jalapeno poppers

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Posted : May 30, 2015 2:10 pm
Jamison
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Ate at the new Indian joint last night and might be going back for lunch today. Best meal I've had here in a long time. Went in with an hour to kill, hoping to make a movie. Went to the 9:20 showing instead of the 6:50, but was treated great and the food was incredible.

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Posted : June 6, 2015 2:11 pm
STXBob
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Ate at the new Indian joint last night

Do you mean Thali Indian Grill in Peters Rest?

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Posted : June 6, 2015 5:31 pm
Beeski
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40 Strand was awesome Thursday night date night with the wife.
I had fish cakes, an oxtail pot pie / pastry, and the liver pate from the menu.
The wife had a sausages in a rice bowl with a dijon sauce and shrimp mac & cheese.
Great service, Great food.

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Posted : June 6, 2015 9:10 pm
Paula
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We had lunch at The Sands (where H2O was located) yesterday. YUM! We sat in the corner table with glass doors on both sides so our view was basically sandy beach and the water-- beautiful. I had the Boursin Chicken Sandwich with jasmine rice and it was absolutely delicious. (and huge) My husband had the blackened mahi tacos with fried plantains and jasmine rice and he also left full and happy 🙂 Really excited about discovering this new spot! We'll be back.

This morning we went to 40 Strand Street Eatery for breakfast. What another pleasant surprise! Hubby had the 3 eggs,toast,bacon and grits breakfast and I had angel food cake French toast with whipped cream, fresh strawberries,blueberries and fried bacon. WOW. Talk about calories--- and worth every one 😉 My thanks to the nice folks on this site who recommended them both.

Paula

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Posted : June 6, 2015 9:13 pm
vicanuck
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I just have to give a shout out to Seaside Markup in Gallows Bay.

They offer a killer cheeseburger in the deli that is a tremendous deal at $4.00.

I've had it several times now and its really worth the 5 - 10 minutes it takes to cook.

Its probably the best burger deal on STX.

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Posted : June 17, 2015 4:28 pm
speee1dy
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i did not know they had cheeseburgers. good to know

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Posted : June 17, 2015 5:13 pm
vicanuck
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You can put pretty much any cheese they have in the deli case on it.

Its messy but very tasty...don't eat while driving!!!!

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Posted : June 17, 2015 7:37 pm
speee1dy
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sounds good

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Posted : June 17, 2015 7:41 pm
vicanuck
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Looks like The Sands is already having difficulties! While having dinner next door at The Palms on Saturday night, we noticed that The Sands looked closed. We had heard rumors about staff not getting their paychecks the week before. So, we walked up the beach to have a look see. Sure enough, the place looked deserted with no WAPA, no staff and no customers. The sliding glass door to the restaurant was open so we peaked in and found the manager sitting alone at the darkened bar. He suggested that everything was fine and they were just closed for the evening. Hmmmm.....not looking good.

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Posted : June 22, 2015 12:02 pm
Alana33
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What restaurant closes on a Sat. Night?
That would be crazy.

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Posted : June 22, 2015 12:27 pm
CruzanIron
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What restaurant closes on a Sat. Night?
That would be crazy.

From their Facebook page:

Hey St. Croix! Restaurant is closed today (Saturday) for lunch and dinner but we will be back open on Monday at 3pm for $5 Burger Night!

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Posted : June 22, 2015 12:49 pm
vicanuck
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Yesterday's post said..."Due to the storm we have some damage and will be closed today. Apologies!"

Since there was no storm per se, I guess that's easier to believe than "we've already run out of money and couldn't pay the staff or WAPA."

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Posted : June 23, 2015 11:49 am
speee1dy
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went to duggans on saturday. had the lobster spring roll, 2 filet specials with the lobster mashed potatoes. the food was excellent and the service was excellent. so glad we went there

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Posted : June 23, 2015 11:58 am
throwaway
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I've never been to the sands after new management. So I can't comment on the food. But I have have heard a lot of rumors about the owners not paying their debts, from multiple people and about multiple incidents. Weren't they trying to open a few places on the island? There are a lot of good people running good restaurants and I try my best to support them all. I'll try if they make it through the slow season without burning too many bridges.

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Posted : June 23, 2015 5:12 pm
Paula
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While out driving around the island today we passed by The Sands and saw it was chained with a sign saying something like 'temporarily closed but would be open soon'. The day we had lunch there it was delicious and I'm sad that they are having problems, possibly.

Also, the day we had lunch at The Sands we spoke to a man we thought was the manager. We complimented him on the food and he said they had BIG plans for the place, that they had also bought The Palms, AND that the owner had legally had the name of Pelican Cove changed to Turtle Bay. He said it was not legally named Pelican Cove anyway. I was sad to hear this since I've been going to Pelican Cove since I was a kid and hated to think of it called anything other than Pelican Cove.... I wouldn't post this if it was just something I'd heard through the grapevine, but the man was acting like the manager and speaking for the owner so I don't feel like I'm telling tales 🙂
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Posted : June 23, 2015 8:30 pm
vicanuck
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Indeed, stories of The Sands unpaid bills and staff not getting paychecks have been circulating over the past few weeks among my fellow business owners.

I had met the real owner of The Sands about a month ago and of course he seemed nice. He regaled us with his plans to buy The Palms and we also heard later that they were taking over the old Golden Rail location at St. Croix Marine. Apparently, he has interests on Puerto Rico too.

However, at the end of the day, much of what we were told was BS and several businesses and employees have been burned. I did eat there a few times and was happy with my experience (and blogged about it here) but will admit the operation did look like it was being run on a shoestring.

On a positive note, there are other new restaurants in the construction phase like the Venezuelan themed concept at the old Shenanigans and Balter (Chef Digby) in downtown Christiansted.

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Posted : June 23, 2015 10:37 pm
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