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St. Thomas Restaurateur Herbert Kaplan Dies In Colorado, According To Son Peter

DEAD AT 80: HERBERT KAPLAN

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Herbert Kaplan, 80, the manager of several restaurants in Washington who retired in 2011 as general manager of Bistro Bis in the Kimpton George Hotel near Capitol Hill, died Dec. 8 at a medical center in Lafayette, Colo.

The cause was a heart attack, said a son, Peter Kaplan.

Kaplan was born in New York City and moved to the Washington area in 1974 from St. Thomas, where he had been in the restaurant business.

He had managerial or ownership positions in several restaurants including the West End Cafe, G. Pinchot’s, Wolensky’s, Hofberg’s Deli and Vidalia before he became general manager at Bistro Bis in 1998. A former resident of Bethesda, Md., he moved to Broomfield, Colo., in 2014.

 

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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