Chef Justin Werle
"My goal is to be a curator of happiness for our guests."
I was born into the restaurant business. Four generations of my family ran a fish smokehouse in Stuart, Florida, called Mrs. Peters Smokehouse. We also owned a catering company, so I was always surrounded by food and chefs. When I was 14, I persuaded the chef at the smokehouse to let me do a stage, a sort of internship, in the kitchen. I was hooked on fine dining.
I earned a degree at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. After graduation, I sought stages and jobs at the finest restaurants that would have me. I worked at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in New York under Chef Dan Barber and The Fearrington House in North Carolina under Chef Colin Bedford.
My food has a lot of French influence and I am a proponent of classic cooking, but I always want the character of St. Thomas to shine through locally-sourced food.
I present a varied menu to satisfy different appetites and I am happy to make alterations for special diets. Our menu will change in response to the best that is available.
Ultimately, my goal is to be a curator of happiness for our guests. I want to ensure you have a memorable experience whether you are stopping in for dinner on your way home from work or here for a special occasion.
Old Stone Farmhouse History
The Old Stone Farm House Restaurant is an award-winning, fine dining restaurant set in a 200-year old, restored plantation field house overlooking the lush countryside of St. Thomas.
The once 300-acre plantation stretched from Magen’s bay to Mandahl. More than two centuries ago the Old Stone Farmhouse was the core of a Danish sugar plantation at Estate Lovendahl. The graceful arches, two- foot-thick walls and majestic rafters are reminiscent of St. Thomas during the days of the flourishing Clipper Ship trade, sugar plantations on lush rolling hills and the aristocratic mansions of prosperous merchants.
Today this magnificently converted farm building is considered one of the best examples of classic West Indian architecture on the island. The restaurant features "Chef Inspired" fine dining in an intimate and elegant atmosphere. The cuisine is ingredient-driven and will change with each season.