Who is Mr. Busby
and what's with his Beach Bar?
The man behind Daniel's By the Sea, Mr. Busby's
Beach Bar, and Penthouse Paradise is Daniel
If you've been visiting St. Maarten for any length
of time, you'll quickly realize how Daniel wound up
in the restaurant business. And chances are, you've
already visited one of his gastronomic emporiums
here in St. Maarten.
His dad, Antoine, was maitre d' at the Eden Rock cap
d'Antibes for more than 15 years, and was already
world renowned when he moved on to the Ivory Coast
Hotel in South Africa, Chanteclaire Hotel in
Montreal St Edel, the acclaimed Waterlot Inn in
Bermuda, Liford Key Club in the Bahamas, and ultimately
La Samanna in French St. Martin.
Daniel's mother worked in tandem with Antoine as
executive housekeeper at large hotels/resorts such
as the Southampton Princess in Bermuda and at the
legendary La Samanna resort on French St. Martin.
In 1978, the couple opened their first restaurant,
Antoine, on Front Street in Philipsburg, serving
classic French Cuisine to aficionados of gourmet
cuisine from everywhere. Antoine quickly became one
of the most highly regarded of Caribbean
"Antoine is where I started professionally, 24 years
ago at age 16 as a dishwasher, cleaner, then
assistant chef, and later chef for a few years. I
always preferred dining room contact with guests so
I moved on to become bartender, waiter, and finally
maitre d'," Daniel explains.
"In 1985 we opened a second restaurant on Front
Street called the Red Snapper serving French cuisine
as well. I managed the Red Snapper for a few years ,
which is where I met my wife who was from New York.
I went to New York for five years and managed the
famous specialty / catering store the Silver Palate,
then worked in an Italian restaurant for three years
where I learned Italian cuisine.
"In 1995, the year category five Hurricane Luis hit
St. Maarten, I returned, and I took over Da Livio
Restaurant in 1996 and left in May, 2005. My intent
in buying Daniel's / Mr. Busby's was to bring
something entirely new to the Dawn Beach / Oyster
Pond area, which is becoming the hottest spot on the
"In 2000 I took over Mr. Busby's Beach Bar, where we
currently serve breakfast and lunch. In 2005, I
brought my entire crew in from Da Livio to serve
dinner at what is now 'Daniel's By The Sea.'
"Despite the fact that Daniel's was just launched in
the summer of 2005, we are already getting fantastic
Mr. Busby's is now open for breakfast from 7.30 am
to 11 am, lunch is 11 to 6 pm, and dinner at
Daniel's - at the exact same location, just a
different name and different staff for dinner - is 6
pm to 10 pm daily.
"You won't find anything like Mr. Busby's and
Daniel's anywhere else in the Caribbean," Daniel
promises. "The surroundings are purely tropical, but
we're all about enjoying the moment and giving
everyone who comes here some great St. Maarten
-- Daniel Jurczenko