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What’s New on St. John: New Restaurant, Rooftop Football & More!

I took this pic on a walk out to Waterlemon last week. Gorgeous!

Hello everyone, and happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. There’s a lot that’s new on St. John, so I thought I would share a little update today.

First, let’s start with restaurants. Unfortunately, Salty Mongoose closed out in Coral Bay last month, but a new spot is working to open in its place. According to a Facebook post, the new restaurant will be called Sharky’s By the Water, and it is expected to open sometime in mid-February. (Click here to follow them on Instagram.) According to the Coconut Telegraph, Salty Mongoose was working to open at the old mini golf spot near Cruz Bay, but I haven’t heard anything definitive on that. If I hear anything, you’ll all be the first to know.

Speaking of restaurants, Quiet Mon Pub was another one that was somewhat forced to closed last month. Well if you’ve been in Cruz Bay over the past week, you’ve probably noticed some work going on up there. Something new is set to take its place, and I will share all of the details on that soon.

Looking for somewhere new to watch a game? Our friends over at the Sweet Shack on Centerline Road now have a projector screen at its rooftop bar. You can watch the game outdoors – with sound – while enjoying a nice view, drinks, and even some ice cream if you’d like! You can even bring over to-go food from Shambles, which happens to be its sister restaurant directly across the street. I have been meaning to tell you more about this new spot for a while now. I promise that I will get over there this week, so I can share more details and pics!

The Sweet Shack

Click here to see where The Sweet Shack and all of our restaurants are located – Explore STJ’s Restaurant Map. 

Now onto the island itself… We are definitely busy. It’s not crazy busy where it’s unbearable, but the island is full. It seems that the colder you all are, the busier we are. And my goodness, it sure looks chilly up there! Parking at the beaches is somewhat easy in the mornings – say up to about 10:30 a.m. or so – but it’s definitely more problematic in the afternoons from what I’ve been seeing as I cruise around during my Explore STJ Island Tours. And I know I have said this multiple times, but it is worth repeating: No parking really does mean no parking. I see tickets at the North Shore beaches on almost a daily basis. Let’s use that cash at the restaurants or the shops, not on parking tickets.

(Click here to read a recent article about where you can and cannot park in order to avoid pricey parking tickets.)

And lastly, the Animal Care Center is hosting its largest fundraising event this Saturday. Please consider attending the gala, which will be held at The Last Resort in Chocolate Hole. Think party, not gala. It’s island-fancy, not formal. Tickets are $175 in advance. You can buy them at the Animal Care Center, Connections, or St. John Hardware. Or you can email me at and I will help you purchase them.

Not on island this weekend? No problem! You can still support the Animal Care Center by bidding on one of 24 auction items. Click here to learn more. 

Explore STJ would like to thank our newest advertiser – The Tap Room & St. John Brewers! I don’t know about you, but I love every moment I spend over at The Tap Room in Mongoose Junctions. They make their own beers, sodas, hard seltzers and more. And even better? Pizzas are $5 off during happy hour seven days a week! And lastly, they have arcade games and a photo booth for the kids, plus air conditioning. You really can’t beat that.

Want to advertise on, St. John’s most-read blog? Just contact me at & I can share all of the details. 🙂

Looking to take a St. John island tour?

Learn more here –> Full & half days available. Rated “Excellent” on TripAdvisor.

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  1. Barbara Schmidt

    I love what you have done with this newsletter.. Loved YOUR News of St John, so I am so happy that you are writing this.😃

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