Street party for the old town
A plan to breathe life into the Town of St. George with a street party and live Bermuda entertainment faces an uncertain future in the absence of more tourists and more taxis.
Wahoo restaurant co-owner Geza Wolf said the evening entertainment was designed to liven up the old town.
He said: “We block off a portion of Water Street and hire Bermudian entertainers every Friday night and Saturday night to create a great atmosphere for the Town. We offered musicians work at least through the end of August. We want something for Sunday, too.”
Corporation of St. George town administrator Courtney Trott said: “We offered the al fresco idea to everyone, but Wahoo was the only one to take it up. They have live entertainment, sometimes steel pan players. It is drawing local people.”
Mr. Wolf added: “The local response has been great. But we need tourists. We have had some from the new hotel. But the problem is transportation – getting visitors to and from St. Regis, Grotto Bay and Rosewood.
“Sometimes they are an hour late waiting for transportation, or have to cancel their reservations altogether. We’re holding tables, turning others away. That’s hard on our planning.
“We tell tourists to keep the cell number of the taxi driver who brings them to dinner, because they may need him to get back to their hotel.
“We’ve have to drive some back ourselves after they have waited 30, 40, 50 minutes for a cab.
“The new hotel is great … but our image must be tarnished when you pay top dollar for a hotel and can’t get a taxi at night.”