Residents and visitors in the Coral Bay area now have a new option for their dining experience — Café Concordia, located just before you reach Salt Pond Bay. The café is open for breakfast and dinner every day, and will take patrons’ breath away as they look out over Ram Head Point, serene Salt Pond and wild Drunk Bays. Join the celebrations for the grand opening on Friday, May 11, from 4 to 7 p.m.
The café is the newest addition to Estate Concordia Preserve, sister eco-resort to Maho Bay Camps. Owner, Stanley Selengut, who established Concordia in 1990 to combine simplicity with the most up-to-date sustainable technologies, will be at the Friday opening to make a presentation on his vision for the future of Estate Concordia.
The eco-resort, built on a hillside viewing the beauty of the V.I. National Park and open ocean, includes 25 eco-tents and nine studios. The pavilion complex includes a Store, Meeting Facility and Cafe. Located on the dramatic southeastern side of St. John, Concordia is perfectly situated for Ram Head hikers and snorkelers at Salt Pond Bay to enjoy a light meal within a five-minute drive from their excursions.
Glenn Speer, renowned St. John architect, designed the new pavilion as one of the best examples of blending nature with architecture. The Concordia store includes hand-blown glass bricks made by the Maho Bay Art Center from recycled glass bottles and recycled wood-fired clay light sconces. Café Concordia features unique artwork such as an original batik fabric wall hanging and a locally-painted mural reflecting the spectacular ocean view.
“After months of hard work building the café and meeting pavilion, the staff is looking forward to welcoming the community to this unique site,” said Maggie Day, vice president of Estate Concordia Preserve and Maho Bay Camps. “With a fully stocked store and large meeting area, Concordia is an ideal site for weddings and local get-togethers, such as the upcoming monthly meeting of the Coral Bay Community Council.”
Chef Mon Phon welcomes everyone to the café, serving an array of seafood, chicken, beef and vegetarian entrees from its flaming grill, while a unique “grill your own” option is available several nights per week.
Patrons can help themselves to a complete salad bar as well as daily choices of island-style desserts. Hours for the café are breakfast: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., and dinner: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Happy hour starts at 4:30 p.m. each day with a selection of rum drinks, wine, beer and fruit drinks — enough choices to keep any thirsty hiker from walking past the new Café Concordia.
For more information or directions to the Café Concordia, call 693-5855.