In May,1983, Frank Duggan was writing menus, purchasing used restaurant equipment, praying a little, and putting together a business plan to fulfill his dream of opening a beachside restaurant on St. Croix.
Fast forward 34 years, Duggan's brown hair is now white, his walk is a little slower, but the dream lives--Duggan's Reef gets better every day.
Frank is a Massachusetts native who arrived on St. Croix in 1975. He is a Vietnam Nam veteran who was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart for valor. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, he began working as a bartender as a student. During his summers, he worked at the Black Pearl in Newport, Rhode Island and later at the Bull and Finch Pub made famous by the TV show, Cheers.
Over the years, Frank has hosted many famous people; early on, Maureen O'Hara was a regular. The late senator Ted Kennedy and family always dined at Duggan's their first and last night on the island. Ex New York Knick, Walt Frazier, Olympic hockey legend, Mike Eruzione, retired Red Sox pitcher Jim Lonborg and wife Rosie drop by. Vice President and Mrs. Joe Biden dined last Christmas. But, Frank's favorite customer over the years is Rachel Robinson, widow of baseball pioneer, Jackie Robinson.
Duggan's Reef has a varied menu specializing in local seafood and island-grown herbs and vegetables. Their motto is "Fresh Fish or No Fish." Their goal is for everyone to leave happy. Chef Joe Stedman and his seasoned kitchen staff do a great job. Try any of the lobster or fish preparations that local customers continue to order time and time again.
When asked why the restaurant has been successful for so long Frank says, "A friendly, knowledgeable staff, and generous portions of food and drink. Over all, we like what we do and we hope it shows." It does!
Dinner, 7 nights • Sunday Brunch
St. Croix This Week | St. Thomas + St. John This Week
Location: # 1 Havensight Way, St. Thomas, VI 00802
Mailing Address: PO Box 11199 St. Thomas, VI 00801-4199
Telephone: (340) 774-2500
Fax: (340) 776-1466