Huge Storm Surge Left Legendary Bar ‘In Ruins’
For tens of thousands of travelers to the British Virgin Islands, the Soggy Dollar Bar has long been a place to “kill the pain” from a long day or night of drinking rum elsewhere because of its legendary cocktail known as the Pain Killer.
But now, it is the Soggy Dollar that is feeling the pain, and it’s a result of Hurricane Irma.
Three weeks after the storm devastated the BVIs – including many of its legendary watering holes like the Soggy Dollar – the owners of the Soggy Dollar have issued the following statement. Here it is in its entirety:
“Hello from White Bay, Jost Van Dyke
“Let us start by saying Thank You for all the love and support sent our way over the last few weeks – we are so grateful to report that the entire Soggy Dollar family is alive and safe after the devastating Hurricane Irma that hit us on September 6th, followed by Hurricane Maria two weeks later.
“Jost Van Dyke, along with all of the neighboring British and U.S Virgin Islands, was extremely damaged. Residents are being forced to evacuate for unknown periods of time as their homes, businesses, and places of work are no longer standing.
“White Bay was hit hard by the eye of the storm with winds up to 215 mph and a huge storm surge leaving Soggy Dollar in ruins. Our hotel, boutique, and beautiful palm trees are no longer, but we are happy to say our infamous bar, which has seen many painkillers in its day, is still standing!
“Our General Managers Jamie Gladman & Stacy Bachali worked tirelessly to prepare SDB and our island for the storms, and they continue to face the Irma & Maria aftermath head on with strength and courage to make sure our employees and surrounding neighbors on Jost Van Dyke are safe with food, water, & love.
“Jost Van Dyke has a long road ahead with the rebuilding of power, water, and communication, but we know the love and strength that this island has will help us recover quickly. Once we have a chance to take a deep breath (and maybe a few painkillers) we will work towards the re-birth of the Soggy Dollar Bar. 47 years young, SDB has so much more to give!
“We are in the process of coordinating a relief fund to help support the restoration of White Bay & Jost Van Dyke, BVI. We appreciate all the love and support during this time of recovery and can’t wait to get back to the days of palm trees and painkillers. Stay tuned!
“We will continue to spread the Soggy Love worldwide through memories, music and, swag. Our webstore, based in St John, VI was also effected by the storms, but we will be re-launching in the near future! In the meantime, keep listening to Soggy Dollar Radio until we can open the “doors” to Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke again.
“Let’s Raise a Painkiller!
“Jerry, Tish, Kevin, Annie, Jamie & Stacy”