Well folks, I am very excited to tell you that a great new spot is set to open in Coral Bay next week. And it’s being opened by some familiar faces we all know and love. 🙂
Richard Baranowski, Dylan Buchalter and Miguel Hernandez recently took over the Oasis restaurant in Coral Bay, which is located directly across from the bay and beside Salty Mongoose. They are transforming it into a Caribbean-inspired barbecue spot, which will ultimately be called Johnny Lime. Richard and Chelsea Baranowski own Lime Inn in Cruz Bay, one of my favorite restaurants on island. Richard and Dylan also own the wildly popular Lime Out floating taco bar in Coral Bay, along with Chelsea and a few of their childhood friends.
The Oasis/Johnny Lime restaurant will serve lunch and dinner Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., or until they sell out. They’re planning a soft opening for this Monday, November 14th at 11 a.m. Exciting!
The menu will feature Caribbean-inspired BBQ and will include an array of spices found in traditional Caribbean dishes. They will serve a smoked jerk chicken with guava and tamarind barbecue sauces, and rice and peas, for example. Local juices will also be on the menu, including a favorite of mine, soursop.
“We want to do as much local products as we can,” Richard told me earlier this week.
The restaurant will have a full bar, and will serve a variety of frozen and craft cocktails, as well as beer and wine. And in keeping with the local concept, they will prominently feature local brews and seltzers from St. John Brewers, as well as Leatherback Brewing and Mutiny Island vodka out of St. Croix. They’re even going to serve draft beer! It’s the little things in life, folks. 🙂
“We want the velocity of money to stay in the Virgin Islands,” Richard said, “and we want to support businesses that are in the Virgin Islands. That allows us all to have a better living standard on St. John.”
I could not agree more!
The Oasis spot will remain a community space for residents, and Saturdays will be reserved for an array of activities including early morning yoga and art classes for the kids. They plan to hold a weekly community day on Saturdays, and they will offer a donation-based lunch every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will continue to hold trivia, which supports a different charity each week, every Wednesday night.
I don’t know about you, but I am very excited about this. That’s all for today, folks. Have a great one!
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