St. John Beach Bar Finds Excited New Owners

Several months ago I wrote a story about the Beach Bar on St. John being for sale. I received a ton of emails and comments from all you STJ lovers, mostly saying how owning the Beach Bar would be a dream come true. I agree with you, it would indeed.

I want to follow up on that post and let you know that the Beach Bar in Cruz Bay now has happy new owners. Say hello to new owners Joe Cirigliano and sisters Karena and Nikki Kefalas.

The trio were looking to start a new chapter in their lives and decided that owning a beach bar was the reset they were looking for. They searched all over the world, the U.K. Greece, Belize but couldn’t find the right fit. Then one day while searching the interweb they came upon this one particular harbor, Cruz Bay…and it had a beach bar for sale.

The guys that run, the amazing site for all things St. John, were able to talk to the new owners and this is what they were able to find out.

Joe says they heard through a connection that the Beach Bar might be for sale, so they contacted the owner.

“Allan hung up on me five times in a row,” says Joe. “On the sixth call, he said if you really want to buy it, come down here and talk about it.”

The three came down and spent some time incognito to see if St. John and the Beach Bar would be a good fit, then signed the papers and got the keys.

“Allan’s advice to us was clear,” Joe tells us.  “He told us you have two audiences – visitors and locals. They’re both equally loyal and both equally important. Don’t forget that.”

It sounds like the new owners are going to keep the Beach Bar pretty much the same, adding more live music and special events. Both good things in this pirate’s book.

The Beach Bar is special place to so many people all around the world, I’m glad to hear that the bar is going to keep all its charm and flavor. In fact I just bought one of their t-shirts online to celebrate. Can’t have enough Caribbean bar shirts!

Do you have a favorite memory of the Beach Bar, share it with us in the comments below!

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By |2016-12-31T11:58:26+00:00May 24th, 2013|Caribbean Beach Bars, Islands, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands|6 Comments

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  1. IskandNana May 24, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Just spent 2 weeks on STJ (May 4-May 18) and missing it like crazy! On Friday the 10th,a storm blew in fast and furiously,catching alot of us at the bar. Although we huddled up against the far wall, the wind still blew the rain in leaving us cold and wet. The barmaid took it like the pro she is,staying behind the bar and continuing to serve drinks. Like she said, “You’re not going anywhere so you might as well drink up!” 🙂 Now that’s my kinda bar !

  2. Conchyjoe May 28, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Awesome news hearing about the new owners! My story is a little more mushy than most. My wonderful bride and I came down for a 4 day Valentines weekend in 2005. Also local concert promoter, producer and Clarinet player Steve Simon had arranged a jazzy weekend concert mini tour on St. John that weekend. The final day was the group jamming at Beach Bar on Sunday afternoon. Anyone that had an instrument and could play was invited. the main parts of the group were Grammy winning Flutist Dave Valentin as well as Hammond B3 wiz Vince Seneri. Certainly not your typical island or trop rock bank, but still awesome. We had such a laid back time, my wife wanted to get a job that day and never leave the island again! Beach Bar is one special place.

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    RumShopRyan May 28, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Thanks for the comment IslandNana! That’s what the Caribbean is all about, gotta make due with what you have. A little rain never hurt know one, it keeps paradise green! They call it liquid sunshine! Cheers!

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    RumShopRyan May 28, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Great story Conchyjoe! You’re right, it is one of those special places and I think your jam-session of mixed artists sounds amazing. Island music or not, the experience is still uniquely STJ. Cheers!

  5. Jennifer May 17, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    I just watched those new owners on the episode of house hunters international on HGTV . They are from New York and are living the dream! Super exciting!!!!

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