A Sneak Peek at the Construction on Pusser’s Marina Cay

Here’s a quick sneak peek at the new construction on Pusser’s Marina Cay – along with a glimpse into the current underwater resting place of the Red Box!

We will soon work to hoist the Red Box back into it’s original spot on the gas dock – and restore, and replace the Red Box camera – so please stay tuned!

As many of you may know, Hurricane Irma hit us extremely hard – but we’re not going anywhere – in fact, we will soon be back stronger than ever.

The mooring fields are now OPEN and OPERATIONAL at Marina Cay; and the Pusser’s Restaurant and a Pusser’s Company Store will soon be open for business!

We look forward to welcoming you back to Marina Cay, and we’ll keep you posted as new information becomes available.

** UPDATE: The Road Town Pub Web Cam is BACK online! Click here to check it out! 

 

6 Month Hurricane Irma Update

Here we are after 6 months after taking this opportunity to wish you a happy spring and summer and to update you on Pusser’s in the BVI.

Hurricane Irma set us back quite a bit, but we’re not down and out, to the contrary, Pusser’s is coming back at a steady pace.

Here’s what happened:

First, the winds unofficially had to be of a world record class. A couple of days after the storm had torn through, I had a conversation with the senior military aviator controlling the Airborne traffic. When the winds hit the BVI, they were steady at 200 miles per hour, and remained at the velocity for 8 hours, excluding the short duration of about 30 minutes when the eye passed directly over Tortola Gusts were up to 285 miles per hour, and tornadoes were buried inside some of the gusts creating winds as high 365 miles per hour! The width of the storm was narrow, but highly focused and well organized around the eye. While Saint Thomas and Puerto Rico were badly hit, their devastation was nothing compared to that of the BVI. More than 2,000 yachts were sunk or damaged beyond repair; automobiles were picked up and thrown through the air like toys. Estimates are that 80% or more vehicles suffered damage. At West End (see photo) a 60-ft catamaran was picked up and dropped, upright, on roof of a building alongside the marina!

Our Pusser’s Marina Cay was greatly damaged. The new dock went completely, along with our RED BOX – the Victorian telephone booth that sat on the north end of the dock – where many of you had your photo taken. (By the way, those photos can still be found – Click Here to access the RED BOX images). The docks pilings were spared, but every board on the main dock and the dinghy dock is gone.

All that remains of the restaurant is the floor, the rest rooms, and a few concrete walls – and, surprisingly, the wide, wooden staircase leading from the sandy beach to the restaurant’s floor.

Some of you may remember that the Pusser’s Co. Store stood on pilings over the seabed. I used to think it was the prettiest little store in the Caribbean. Well, it’s gone; and most everything in it, broken up, and swept out to sea. Up on the top of the hill, the manager’s house was totaled. The 4 single hotel rooms standing on the bluff overlooking the reef at the east end of the island, were just about totaled. They all lost their roofs, and looking down into them from above is like looking into a beaten-up child’s doll house.

Having finished cleanup, we’re now into the first phases of the reconstruction. The future for Marina Cay will be good because the place is so naturally beautiful. The cleanup was a massive job. It took about 50 people more than 2 weeks, and barge load after barge load to haul away the huge amount of flotsam and jetsam that was strewn everywhere. And we located the old Red Box lying buried on the seabed, but at quite a distance from the dock. It’s solid cast iron, and must weigh at least 1500 pounds. We can’t figure out how it came to rest where it did. Soon, we will raise it, and place it back on the dock where it belongs as soon as the dock is finished. Shortly, we will also open a small restaurant in the patio that was outside of the store. Concurrently, we plan to open a small Pusser’s Co. Store in the Robb White House on the summit All that building needs is a new roof that will be completed in March.

In Roadtown, our Pusser’s Pub and Co. Store were heavily damaged. However, by the end of the third day, we had setup voluntarily up a makeshift kitchen that eventually produced 25,000 meals for those unfortunates forced into shelters. This building was two floors. The upper floor was dedicated completely to the store, as was the bottom half of the first floor directly under it. The roof was blown off the building, and everything in it was destroyed; not a single piece of furniture, fixture or ship model survived. But the first floor fared better. The first floor with the store on the main street end, and the Pusser’s Pub on the seaside. Fortunately, the first floor interior was relatively unscathed. Consequently, we were able to open within two weeks with a fully operational bar and kitchen. We’re proud of the fact that we were the first place to re-open in Roadtown.

We have a web cam inside the Pub now!   Take a look here . . . nothing’s changed!

As for our Roadtown Store: before the hurricane hit, we fortunately moved all of the merchandise from both floors into a safe location – that survived. Consequently, we’ve been able to open the store that still has a good selection of our line. We estimate that the 2nd floor of the store will not be open for another 4 or 5 months.

The Pusser’s Landing at Soper’s Hole, West End, was almost completely wiped out as was the marina and most all the docks. As some of you may recall, we had two locations here: one on the deck on the water for casual dining, and another on the second floor over the store for a more complete menu. The Pusser’s Co. Store here survived, but was looted badly. Nothing was left in the store other than the fixtures. While we’ve managed to open a small F&B operation in the second floor in a small area under a part of the roof that didn’t blow off. We’re serving simple food and drink, and unfortunately, don’t see this area and our place reopening for at least another 5 or 6 months.

We have a Pusser’s Co. Store at Leverick Bay on Gorda Sound. The store there is tucked under a restaurant above and thus escaped serious structural damage.

UPDATE: The Pusser’s Co. Store in Leverick Bay is now OPEN for business! We do not however have phone service at the location, but that should be available soon.

Unfortunately, about $2.5 million of our inventory was lost in the stores and our warehouse. Most of the warehouse was destroyed: half of the roof was blown away, sides were torn off, and the large roller doors on the front, torn off leaving the place open to the vulture-like looters to take what remained. Ironically, we were scheduled to ship our Christmas merchandise to the fulfillment house in Florida two days before Irma hit us. Tropical shipping cancelled their scheduled voyage, which left us with a fully loaded container sitting on the hard outside of our warehouse. In past hurricanes, we’d seen containers blown over and holed while our warehouse always held together. Consequently, we decided to empty the container and move all of its Christmas destined contents back into the warehouse. In hindsight, it may have been a mistake as most everything in the warehouse was lost. But then, containers were picked up like toys and thrown about and badly smashed everywhere. Who knows?

Presently, we are working like hell to get our website up again and will be able to offer a limited number of products that we were able to squirrel away in the BVI before the storm hit. For example, all of the merchandise at our Marina Cay store was securely packed and stowed out of the store before the hurricane hit. Thus we were able to save most of the product that was there. We’re just now shipping all of this to our fulfillment house in Florida. As soon as the redesign and editing of our website is completed, we will finally be able to offer these items, along with some new of our men’s and women’s apparel designs that have just arrived.

Remember: We are not what everyone else has. We are not mainstream. Our line is eclectic, with focus on function and comfort, not fashion. Our craftsmanship and quality unequalled at our price point.

 

 

Pusser’s West End Soper’s Hole is OPEN

We are happy to announce that Pusser’s West End / Soper’s Hole is now OPEN for business.

We also have FREE WI-FI during business hours which are currently set at 11:00AM – 7:00PM.

We welcome you to join us for our special “HURRICANE IRMA” SPECIALS Menu.

The Pusser’s Road Town Pub also remains OPEN – and taking orders daily until 7pm – and closing at 8pm due to the curfew.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Pusser’s Road Town Pub is OPEN for business!

Pusser’s Road Town Pub is OPEN for business!

We are OPEN and serving food – including a special Hurricane Irma menu, with special pricing.

We are taking orders daily until 7pm – and closing at 8pm due to the curfew.

Stop by and say hello!
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As you may already know, The British Virgin Islands have been devastated by Hurricane Irma, which destroyed homes, businesses, commerce and infrastructure everywhere. In response to this unprecedented catastrophe, Pusser’s has been providing up to 800 a meals a day for the needy, and plans to continue to do so for approximately two additional weeks.

Relief meals at The Pusser’s Road Town Pub

An Update on Hurricane Irma

 

As you may already know, The British Virgin Islands have been devastated by Hurricane Irma, which destroyed homes, businesses, commerce and infrastructure everywhere. In response to this unprecedented catastrophe, Pusser’s has been providing up to 800 a meals a day for the needy, and plans to continue to do so for approximately two additional weeks.

All of our Pusser’s locations have incurred significant damage, and many of our employees have lost their homes.

The loving spirit and character of our employees, and the people of the BVI, has always been what has made Pusser’s so special – these are the people who have lost the most to Hurricane Irma. Due to the overwhelming response, we have set up a fund for those of you who wish to donate directly to Pusser’s Employees during this extremely difficult time. 100% of your donation will go to help Pusser’s employees and their families.

Since 1979, Pusser’s has been an integral part of the BVI community and we intend to stay that way – we will be a part of the recovery efforts and assist wherever and whenever possible, to restore the BVI to it’s beauty and place in the world community.

Thank you all for your constant love and support.
Our hearts, hands and prayers are here with the people of The British Virgin Islands.

Marina Cay

Pusser’s Landing West End / Soper’s Hole

Update: Pusser’s Live Music & Events Calendar

We have updated our live music & events calendar! We’ve got some really exciting new acts, along with some truly wonderful performers from past seasons. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Pusser’s Landing Entertainment Schedule

Pusser’s Landing has live music beginning November 13th – every Sunday with Pan Vibes, from 12-3pm.

UPSTAIRS DINING ROOM  MUSIC SCHEDULE 7-9:30 P.M. MON, WED,THURS, FRI, & SAT

  • November 21-December 20 : George Worthmore: Classic Guitar Picking Show From N.Y.C./ Sarasota, Fla
  • December 21-January 20 : Jeff Ross: Rock, R&B, Blues Guitar And Vocals From Nantucket, R.I.
  • January 21-February 20 : Bill Mckay: Pop, Bluegrass, Piano And Vocals From Denver, Colorado
  • Feb 21-March 5 : George Worthmore Returns From N.Y.C./ Sarasota, Fla
  • March 6-20 : Richard Smith: Incredible Guitar Picker From Nashville, Tenn. 
  • March 21-April 15 : George Worthmore Returns From N.Y.C./ Sarasota, Fla.

PUSSER’S MARINA CAY ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE

  • November 15-June  Mon-Thurs : Eon Jarves : Caribbean Island Music
  • February 2017  Fri, Sat & Sun, : Stell N’Snuggs

The ‘Pusser’s Painkiller Series’ 2016-17

The Loyal West End Yacht Club has partnered with Pussers British West Indies, Ltd. and Caribbean Cellars to announce the ‘Pusser’s Painkiller Series’ 2016-17. This series of eight races with the inclusion and support of the RBVIYC will encourage and promote fun and skilled sailing in the BVI.

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