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    KevinS is online now
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    Restos21 Changes

    The following are what I recall as the major changes on the SBH restaurant scene for the 2019 – 2020 season.


    First, the good news on the Hotel front:


    Eden Rock has reopened, with major changes to its restaurants and bars. The On The Rocks restaurant and Rock Bar are no more. The restaurant operation has been consolidated into a new Sand Bar restaurant on the beach. There are two bars at beach level. The Rémy Bar is adjacent to Sand Bar, and Beach Bar is farther down the beach, in the direction of the airport.

    Cheval Blanc Ile de France has also reopened, and expanded to take over the Hotel Taïwana space. The La Case restaurant now has a menu created by Chef Jean Imbert. The former Taïwana restaurant is now La Cabane, with a less formal menu. There are 150 chaises on the beach in front of the expanded hotel.


    And the bad news on the Hotel front:


    Hôtel Barrière Le Carl Gustaf has not yet reopened. The projected reopening date is now February 2020. Update: Reservations appear to be available beginning March 14.

    Le Guanahani has also not yet reopened. The projected reopening date is October 2020.

    Villa Marie's plans to open a beach restaurant in St Jean have not come to fruition. It was reported that their permit was denied due to insufficient parking. Update: The permit has now supposedly been approved.


    The rest of the bad news:

    La Gloriette, beloved by many, sustained heavy damaged from Hurricane Irma, and is not expected to reopen. There have been a number of rumors regarding the space, but as yet, nothing is confirmed.


    O'Corail, La Gloriette's neighbor, likewise sustained heavy damage, and it is uncertain if they will get a permit to rebuild. There are rumors that the Collectivité will work with them on a land swap, but on St Barth there are always rumors.


    On to the good news:



    The main restaurant at Le Sereno has a new name, Al Mare.

    Ociella, new last year in Gustavia, is now Casa Restaurant & Lounge by Ociella, tying its identity closer to Casa St Barth Nightclub.

    Deli Food Island, the scooter-based delivery service based out of Les Bananiers, has expanded the list of restaurants which they deliver for. When last I looked, the list included L'Ardoise, Les Bananiers, Baz Bar, Chefs XO, Crêperie, Chez Rolonde, Fostok, and So Cuisine. Minimum order €25, Cash, MC, Visa. See https://www.delifood-stbarth.com/EN/ for the current list.

    Kinugawa, a Japanese restaurant, is expected to open in December in the former Carpe Diem space on Rue Jeanne d'Arc in Gustavia. Update: Kinugawa has now opened.

    La Licorne is a new restaurant and event space located behind La Bohème in Lorient. Details are sparse at this time. Update: Daily Lunch Specials can be found on the Menu St Barth FB page.

    Lil' Rock Beach has reopened in a newly constructed building on the beach in St Jean, adjacent to the old Hotel Emeraude Plage. Reservations are recommended, and can best be made by email at lilrock.beach.reservations@gmail.com

    For those who visit the Form Fitness health club, there is a new food operation there. Protein Bar SBH offers Vitamins/Supplements, Shakes, Breakfasts, Woks, Bowls, and Hot Drinks.


    Shatira is a new restaurant which hopes to open soon in Merlette, the hillside on the road above Flamands. Shatira describes itself as an Oriental Restaurant specializing in Kebabs.


    Zion Restaurant has opened in the former Hideaway space in St Jean. The space has been completely remodeled, and looks great. In addition to the tables, they have a Chef's Table, bar-style seating looking into the kitchen.

    A new restaurant is rumored for the former Le Carré space in Gustavia, but I have heard no details.


    A Few Changes:

    Bonito is now closed on Sunday, and open on Wednesday.

    Lil' Rock is now closed on Monday, and open on Tuesday.


    Closed:

    Barts | Risotto & Cie – After many concepts, this restaurant has now closed.
    Galawa, in the former Pipiri Palace space, has closed.
    Island Flavors & Bistro Josephine – Closed. La Carambole bakery will move to that space.


    Never Opened:

    The rumors of a Joël Robuchon restaurant near Entracte in Gustavia shall remain rumors. The restaurant group is rumored to have pulled out of the project. Update: The latest reports are that the restaurant will open in the second half of 2020.


    The above is what I remember, but I'm sure that I've missed a few.


    Bon Appetit!

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    dadto6 is online now
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    Re: Restos21 Changes

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! I know it takes enourmous time to put this together for all our benefit. Thank you again!

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    KevinS is online now
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    Re: Restos21 Changes

    The first post in this thread has been updated to note that Bonito is now closed on Sunday and open on Wednesday. Also, Lil' Rock is now closed on Monday and open on Tuesday.

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    jmp1968 is offline
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    Re: Restos21 Changes

    Thanks Kevin. This really helps with the restaurant planning.

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    Jim Kelly-Evans is offline
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    Re: Restos21 Changes

    Wow, so many favorites are no more. Thanks for the update. Life goes on.
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    GMP62 is offline
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    Re: Restos21 Changes

    Kevin, many thanks for your continued resto list efforts and keeping us all very well informed. It appreciated more than you know!!

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    stbartshopper is offline
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    We echo GMP Kevin!

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    KevinS is online now
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    Re: Restos21 Changes

    The first post in this thread has been updated to reflect an expected mid-March opening date for Hôtel Barrière Le Carl Gustaf, the supposed approval of the permit for Villa Marie's beach restaurant on St Jean, the opening of Kinugawa, lunch specials for La Licorne on the Menu St Barth FB page, and the on-again opening of a Joël Robuchon restaurant in the 2nd half of 2020.

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    le_reve is offline
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    Re: Restos21 Changes

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinS View Post
    The first post in this thread has been updated to reflect an expected mid-March opening date for Hôtel Barrière Le Carl Gustaf, the supposed approval of the permit for Villa Marie's beach restaurant on St Jean, the opening of Kinugawa, lunch specials for La Licorne on the Menu St Barth FB page, and the on-again opening of a Joël Robuchon in the 2nd half of 2020.

    Drove by Carl Gustaf this morning... they are making the last-minute push to get it all done, that is for sure...

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    NancySC is offline
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    Thanks Kevin, herculean effort to keep us all informed !

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    Hawke is offline
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    Quote Originally Posted by le_reve View Post
    Drove by Carl Gustaf this morning... they are making the last-minute push to get it all done, that is for sure...
    Let's hope there is some semblance of sunset drinks.

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    amyb is online now
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    Re: Restos21 Changes

    Kevin, you are a prince. Love and appreciate your dedication to this task.
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    cec1 is offline
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    Re: Restos21 Changes

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinS View Post
    . . . the on-again opening of a Joël Robuchon in the 2nd half of 2020.
    Two new buildings there . . . one of them nearing completion & being very handsomely finished. The other one, separated from the supposed Rubuchon venue by a realtor location. Reports are that one of them — haven’t identified which one — will use the former Galawa space for its garden dining. Lovely concept.

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    amyb is online now
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    Re: Restos21 Changes

    The project gets better and better!
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    elgreaux is offline
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    Re: Restos21 Changes

    Thanks for the update Kevin, always appreciated!

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