In December of 2020 — after extensive renovations — the doors to Hook’d restaurant opened in Red Hook on the East End of St. Thomas. Located in American Yacht Harbor at the former Molly Molones, the transformation from heavy dark wood to light, sparkling seaside ambience is remarkable — and inviting.
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily — with Happy Hour 3 to 5 p.m. — the enticing eatery is owned by restaurateur John Parr and boasts a friendly, welcoming staff headed by General Manager Taylor Sanders.
“I’ve been in the restaurant business for 15 years,” she said. Taylor brings to the table impressive experience in all aspects of hospitality — including having previously run the exclusive private club at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas.
Hook’d has inside booths — a great place to watch TV. You also have the option to join friends around the large oval bar or sit at an umbrella-topped table overlooking the marina.
Menu offerings feature “American Caribbean” dishes. Be sure to check out fish ’n chips, the chicken wrap, fish tacos or — for a different twist — try pork belly tacos.
Hook’d has a variety of tasty salads and you’re welcome to add grilled chicken, shrimp, mahi, tuna, or crab cake.
At dinnertime, in addition to the full menu, a “catch of the day” is offered.
Taylor emphasized that everyone on the team at Hook’d works together to create positive experiences for guests, with a smile, she added, “Our signature seafood soup was created by our owner.”
Be sure to save room for house-made desserts including carrot cake, Bushwhacker cheesecake or brownie sundae. Delicious.
No wonder local residents and visitors alike are getting hooked on Hook’d.
By the way, Hook’d carries great-looking logo T-shirts. caps, hats and more.
A BIT ABOUT THE BANANQUIT
The official bird of the U.S. Virgin Islands, the bananaquit (pronounced banana-keet) is found throughout the West Indies. The small birds favor shrubbery, forest borders, open areas and gardens. Recognized by their white throat, yellow belly and rump,. and bold white stripe over the eyes, they have black feet and legs with a gray-black upper body.