The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

This week­end Coconutz Restau­rant and Bar, lo­cated in Rod­ney Bay along the pop­u­lar en­ter­tain­ment strip, turns one. And for owner and op­er­a­tor An­thony De Fre­itas it has sim­ply been a labour of love to bring to Saint Lu­cia a qual­ity en­ter­tain­ment spot in a friendly and safe en­vi­ron­ment.

“I have been in the restau­rant and en­ter­tain­ment sec­tor now for twenty years,” De Fre­itas, who opened a pizze­ria in St. Vin­cent as a young man, told the STAR. He kept it go­ing as the “it” spot in St. Vin­cent for fif­teen years un­til the global re­ces­sion. “That’s when I started look­ing re­gion­ally for op­por­tu­ni­ties and since I have been com­ing here to Saint Lu­cia as a boy, I de­cided to ex­plore the op­tions,” he said.

While many saw a very busy Rod­ney Bay strip, De Fre­itas saw a vac­uum and a need so one year ago, af­ter much thought and con­fer­ring with oth­ers, he came up with Coconutz. “We wanted to do some­thing that was cool and ca­sual but classy, fun and ex­cit­ing, of­fer­ing high qual­ity en­ter­tain­ment, value for money as well,” he ex­plained.

Since open­ing last Fe­bru­ary Coconutz has been em­braced by lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike with theme nights, mu­sic va­ri­ety, good food, sig­na­ture cock­tails, drinks pro­mo­tions, live events and more. Pa­trons are in­vited to treat them­selves to au­then­tic Mex­i­can bites pre­pared by Mex­i­can Chefs, a rock solid Bar, pool ta­ble and great en­ter­tain­ment! The es­tab­lish­ment is also armed with friendly and ca­pa­ble staff, su­per­vi­sors and man­agers in­clud­ing Krys­tle Noel, John Sut­ton and Aniona Hamid.

Al­ready the venue has been home to the Cam­pari Cal­en­dar model search, a Soca party over the Jazz week­end fea­tur­ing King Bubba of Bar­ba­dos, In­santi Car­ni­val band launch, DYP’s Kab­away Car­ni­val event and a pre-party for the very suc­cess­ful Mer­cury Beach. “We also cater for birth­days, bridal show­ers, cor­po­rate events; in fact any get-to­gether, give us a call and we can adapt,” De Fre­itas urged.

This Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 27 Coconutz is un­leash­ing an an­niver­sary bash like no other. “This event is re­ally to say thank you to Saint Lu­cia and to col­lab­o­rate with our spon­sors and sup­port­ers to stage this allinclu­sive event,” De Fre­itas said. For just EC$50 the Coconutz first an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion will fea­ture “live” en­ter­tain­ment by the band 2Mile Hill of Bar­ba­dos. The drinks-in­clu­sive event will also fea­ture DJ Thu­rum and DJ Play. Show time is 11 pm with drinks in­clu­sive from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

“We just wanted to con­tinue our high en­ergy and qual­ity de­liv­ery on the night as we say thank you,” De Fre­itas de­clared.

Go­ing for­ward? “We want to main­tain a high stan­dard of qual­ity ser­vice and to try to keep im­prov­ing, be­ing cre­ative and to of­fer a plat­form for re­gional and lo­cal tal­ent,” De Fre­itas ex­pressed.

“Oh one more thing, look out for the Coconutz beach bar at a lo­ca­tion soon to be dis­closed!”

Good food, won­der­ful en­ter­tain­ment and great cock­tails is what pa­trons love about Coconutz.

The group 2 Mile Hill out of Bar­ba­dos will per­form

at Coconutz’s first an­niver­sary party.

Coconutz staff (l-r): Javier (Chef), Aniona (Man­ager), Amy (Bar­tender), Crys­tal (Cock­tail wait­ress), Ken­son

(Bar­tender), Ju­nior (Man­ager), Krys­tle (Man­ager).

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