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Everything you need to know about this legendary bar, after Hurricane Irma.

In September 2017 Hurricane Irma hit the Virgin Islands, causing severe devastation throughout, including to the wonderful Willy T BVI Bar & Restaurant.  Two weeks later Hurricane Maria narrowly missed a direct hit on the BVIs, though St Croix in the USVIs was badly damaged.

The William Thornton (Willy T BVI) Floating Bar & Restaurant, which is known for its lure of adventure-seekers, is expected to be back in operation in March 2018.

New, Bigger Willy T BVI in March 2018

The Legendary Bar & Restaurant is Back

New, Bigger Willy T BVI coming soon.

The restaurant, which used to operate of The Bight off Norman Island was ‘an absolute right off’ following last year’s hurricanes, Manager Ewan Anderson said.

In an exclusive interview with BVI News, Anderson said the replacement vessel will be almost an exact replica of the previous steel boat.

He said the remains of the old vessel are still on the beach and will be removed and sold for scraps soon.

“We are building a new Willy T,” he said. “It is the same kind of ship [but] a bit larger and it will be in the same place.”

“We are going to drive it down next month,” he added.

The vessel was sourced in the United States and is currently being retrofitted, and Anderson admitted that it is costly.

“We are putting a lot of money back into it. Willy T will be back at a vast expense,” he noted.

Everyone is waiting for Willy T BVI to reopen

Anderson said his family, which has been operating the unique business for more than 35 years, believes “it’s absolutely tantamount” to restore Willy T.

“It is one of the top ten attractions in the BVI. It’s a big tourist attraction,” he stressed.

The fans of the restaurant and in general, all the sailors that visit the BVI are eagerly awaiting its return.

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Support the BVI #BVISTRONG

Willy T BVI are offering 3 great t-shirts in order to support the BVI. “We will donate the net proceeds of sales of the t-shirt to Unite BVI Foundation, which is an established BVI non-profit organization (affiliated with Richard Branson’s Virgin Unite charity) that is taking a leading role in rebuilding the BVIs.  Because Unite BVI Foundation works with Virgin Unite, all of its overheads are covered by Virgin Unite supported by the Virgin Group and the Branson Family, so 100% of the net proceeds that we raise and give to them will be put to use rebuilding the BVIs.”

We encourage everyone who can help to give directly as well – it’s a big job to rebuild everything in the BVIs that was damaged or destroyed by Irma.  You can give directly by visiting unitebvi.com

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  • CTK
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    Just returned from the BVI’s 2 weeks ago. Saw the new Willie T coming into Road Town under her own steam. Then heard the government denied the Willie T permission to return to The Bight at Norman Island. Something about the government looking at doing some project. Funny that Pirates on Norman Island is open and continues to rebuild. I asked a bartender there what he thought of the Willie T coming back. He gave me an unusual smile. After hearing the Willie T was denied, I could not help think someone knew this was going to happen in advance. Guess that means Pirates will be the only game in town. Maybe I’m reading too much into this. Not.

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