I first experienced St. Thomas on vacation back in 1985. The night before I left with a friend, Shawn and I made a promise that if I found a job while on vacation we would move down to the islands. About half way through my vacation I called Shawn and told him I found a job…silence on the other end and then finally I hear, “we were serious”? Yes we were and we moved three weeks later. We spent two great years on the island, made some great friendships and had a fantastic time. Fast forward 21 years and we were back with our children. We had always talked about taking our kids to St. Thomas, but we wanted to take them when they could understand why we moved there. They understood and their only question was “why did you move back”? Some winter days we are not sure!! We are now on a five year plan to move back…for good!
The Red Hook name comes from our favorite marina in St. Thomas. Red Hook is where you can catch the ferry to St. John, charter a day sail or fishing trip. It also houses several restaurants and the coolest bar called Island Time Pub. We found ourselves hanging out there most nights on our recent trips to St. Thomas. Only fitting that we name our restaurant after our favorite place on the island. Our goal was to bring the island vibe and some of the food to Columbus. Most of the food in St Thomas is Americanized so Red Hook Grill’s menu is our interpretation. We hope you enjoy.
Kathy and Shawn Barklow