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Quiet Mon Pub is Closing.

A pic from the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day parade

Well, friends, this is a sad one to post. Quiet Mon Pub announced that it’s closing after 26 years in business. Its last day will be December 17th.

About a month or so back, I wrote about how the price of rentals – both for long-term residents and vacationers – have skyrocketed here on St. John. Well unfortunately that’s happening in the commercial space too. The rent at Quiet Mon was set to nearly double, which forced the business to make the difficult decision to close. I still have hope that someone will swoop in at the 11th hour, so it can keep its doors open. But sadly, I think that’s simply a dream of mine, perhaps a dream of many.

Quiet Mon is a place that just feels like home. You’re always greeted with a smile and there is always a friend or two (or three, four, or many more) parked over on one of its barstools. It served as a gathering place of sorts for residents and a place where vacationers wandered up the stairs to see the local watering hole that Kenny Chesney mentioned in his Be As You Are song.

🎶 Play my guitar in the Caribbean sun🎶 Hang with the locals at the Quiet Mon🎶 Where you can be a tourist🎶 A beach bum or a star🎶 And be as you are

Everyone has a story about the Quiet Mon. Whether it’s falling down the stairs and nearly breaking your leg within the first few weeks of moving to the island (I’m looking at you, Mike Hedy!), or remembering that it was the last place you were before you lost your keys, cell phone and got knows what else (yup, this is a lot of us!), or simply locking the doors so you can have beers and football with friends, Quiet Mon is a place where so many memories have been made and will continue to be made over the next month-and-a-half.

Now go ahead and book that last-minute trip to St. John and hang with us over at the Quiet Mon. Sláinte.

Dalton & Quiet Mon Kenny 🙂

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  1. Kim

    This was sometimes our first stop AND always our last stop of the day! Unfortunately we will not be back there before they close. Very sad news but great memories were made!!!

    • Mark Grasso

      Although it’s been nearly 20 years since I closed the Quiet Mon after a long round of Bar Dice, I remember like last night.

  2. Donna Wray

    Good morning, my husband and I are soooo sad to hear this. Quiet Mon has been one of our favorites while on island and Kenny is the best. We smile every time we hear “Be as you are”…..hope someone swoops in – maybe Kenny!!

  3. richie mann

    So sad to hear about the Quiet Mon, have been coming to STJ since 1978 and remember when it opened, and have made a stop there on every visit. It has been a rite of passage for many of our friends and family who have journeyed to STJ over the years. Sadly the almighty dollar has claimed another on STJ.

  4. Mike Junk

    I don’t understand the building owner’s thinking. Is it better to charge X for rent and have a steady tenant, or charge 2X and have an empty space with no money coming in. But, maybe they do have an alternate plan to use the space. Maybe that’s why I’m not a business owner. Anyway, I’m sad to hear of the Quiet Mon closing it’s doors.

  5. Bill Hansel

    Cruz Bay won’t be the same without Quiet Mon. Where do we go for corned beef and cabbage and watching the St. Patrick’s Day Parade? Farewell, Quiet Mon, and thank you.

  6. Susette Trudel

    We have been going there for about 5 years when we are on island and always visit Kenny the bar tender for a couple drinks and some laughs. We loved the Quiet Mon or its laid back atmosphere and not being so touristy. It’s a shame this is happening to them. So the owners are forcing them to close because of greed and they will have an empty space instead. Glad we will be there next week to say goodbye

  7. Kym L Craig

    Quiet Mon Kenny was so kind and the place really always was a comfy stop to gaze out and watch the world go by… such great memories… xo

  8. Joe Guarise

    My wife an I arrived on St. John on Dec 17th 1997, and went there with Paul Sabers opening night. He introduced us to everyone. I was a participant in many St. Pat’s parade. I will toast an Irish.

  9. Helen Leach

    We loved sitting on the deck watching the lovely world of St. John go by. Thank you for all the love, laughter and memories.

  10. Robin Stolinski

    I’m sad to see this. I still have a free drink card from Kenny from 2012 that I’ve been carrying around with me all these years just meaning to get back there and I haven’t been able to. It was a great place.

  11. Carlos A Ytuarte aka "C-los"

    Oh nooooo! That f**kin sucks! I had the pleasure of working there back in the mid 2000s and what a beautiful experience! I haven’t been back to visit in a bit, however when I do, (which is gonna be very soon) its gonna be very sad to see those doors closed 😞 I love Quiet Mon and everybody I had the pleasure of working with..

  12. Carlos Ytuarte aka "C-Los"

    Oh noooo! That sucks! I had the pleasure of working there back in the mid 2000s and what a beautiful experience! I haven’t been back to visit in a bit, however when I do, ( which is gonna be very soon) its gonna be very sad to see those doors closed 😞 I cherish lots of fantastic Quiet
    Mon memories 😌 I love the Quiet Mon and everybody I had the pleasure of working with…

  13. diane gehringer

    How did we not know this?! Was there from 10/25 to 11/7. Stopped in for a drink on the 2nd. My husband & I have been going there every year since it first opened. Met a lot of bartenders over the years, Kenny being the last (great guy). Have very fond memory of having a few & great conversation w/ Rich Meyer before he passed. Than fun we have a lot of shirts from there. Will treasure them & the memories made. Too many bad changes goin on in St. John over last 10-15 years. SO, SO SAD!

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  16. Charles J Bailey

    Whats really sad is space will probably sit empty for 2 years then building owner will lower rent after losing 2 years of income. Could have just raised rent 20% and everyone wins.

  17. jay bernasconi

    Jay B.
    came down and always had a stool, a view, a dart game and a beer. Great memories over the past 20 years. boarded up 120 year old building another blight in downtown. accomplishes nothing.

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