Norman Island, BVI — Dr. Henry Jarecki, owner of Pirates Bight Restaurant and Bar, has announced that the establishment is once again open for business, just six months after it was destroyed in a tragic fire.
In making this announcement, Dr. Jarecki said, “From the moment we heard the devastating news of the fire, every person associated with Pirates Bight was resolved to rebuild and reopen as quickly as possible. Thanks to the hard work of our team, that commitment is now a reality. Just six months after our great loss we are now back and better than ever.”
The newly reopened Pirates Bight Restaurant features an expanded dining area and a number of improvements, including a raised roof and upgraded kitchen. Pirates Bight will also maintain its open-air beach pavilion for private events and special offerings. The total investment in the reconstruction has been estimated at $1.5 million.
In making these additions, the design team has taken care to preserve the restaurant’s iconic aesthetic. Restaurant co-manager Rupert Starkey commented, “Pirates Bight has been part of the BVI experience for so many years – we didn’t want to create something unfamiliar to our long-time visitors. At the same time, we wanted to use this opportunity to create an even better restaurant. So we have struck a balance that works really well for our staff and, more importantly, our customers.”
The reopening of the restaurant coincided with The Caribbean Insurers LTD Invitational during the BVI Spring Regatta. This marks the second year in a row that Pirates Bight has hosted the event. Co-manager Jessica Blackman said, “The Spring Regatta is an important event for the BVI community. We were proud to be part of it last year and determined to be open in time to participate this year. We are already looking forward to 2015.”
Commenting on the reopening of the restaurant, Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith said, “On behalf of the people of the BVI and our friends worldwide, I salute the team of Pirates Bight for literally rising from the ashes. By reopening so quickly, this beloved establishment ensured work for our citizens, service for our visitors and an ongoing contribution to our vital tourism industry.”