Brothers’ dispute saddens Liquor Chairman

The Chairman of the Liquor Licensing Board of Grand Cayman has described a dispute between two brothers over their shared property, handed down to them by their father, as one that saddens him.

Mitchell Welds

Chairman of the Liquor Licensing Board Mitchell Welds.

Chairman of the Liquor Licensing Board Mitchell Welds was referring to a dispute between Carlton McDoom and Tyrone Leslie McDoom over their property, the Club Inferno Building, Hell Road, in West Bay.

‘It saddens me that this has come to this,’ he said. ‘My father sold him his first bar here when Mr. McDoom migrated here in the ’50s.’

He continued, ‘I urge the brothers to pull together and not be rivals and to run the business together.’

An application for a Package Liquor Licence for Hell Liquor Store, Club Inferno Building, Hell Road, West Bay by Carlton R. McDoom was deferred following the quarterly meeting of the Liquor Licensing Board of Grand Cayman Thursday at Custom’s Headquarters.

The applicant’s brother Mr. Tyrone Leslie, joint owner of the property, objected to the new application.

Attorney for Mr. Carlton, Phillip Ebanks said each brother owns a 50 per cent interest in the building, and noted that the building is vacant currently.

He said his client was a longstanding liquor licence holder from a family long established with running bars and the sale of liquor, adding that Mr. Carlton’s business acumen was impeccable.

The Club Inferno building, Mr. Ebanks explained, had until recently been licensed with a Retail and a Music and Dancing licence.

The applicant’s new application relates to a small retail area in the building.

Mr. Ebanks said his client was making the new application to continue his livelihood. He said he and his client were currently discussing with his brother Mr. Leslie’s lawyer on the possible sale of the property and he was hoping that it would be settled in the near future. Mr. Leslie, he said it was felt, was more in mind to sell while Mr. Carlton was more in mind to buy the business. In the meantime, however, Mr. Carlton was trying to secure his own livelihood.

Mr. Leslie, addressing the Board, said his livlihood was involved also, saying half of the premises are his. ‘I got to eat too,’ he said.

Mr. Leslie accused his brother of wanting the place shut down, which it has been since 30 September. ‘He said he was not interested in it and then he applies for his own licence,’ he said.

Mr. Leslie said he did not know anything about the arrangement of any sale.

Mr. Ebanks said the dispute between the two brothers was very complicated.

He noted that there was nothing to stop Mr. Leslie from using one of the other outlying rooms and applying for a licence such as retail. ‘This application doesn’t serve to deny Mr. Leslie’s right to make a living of his own from the business,’ said Mr. Ebanks.

He suggested that the board could grant the Package licence on a provisional basis for a year and give time for the matter of sale to sort itself out.

He said his client had felt he had most of the efforts and outgoings on him in the running of the joint business and he didn’t want that.

Mr. Ebanks continued saying that his client intended to bring the situation to a conclusion and failing an agreement there was always the ability for a ruling from the Registrar of Lands for a separation or sale of the property.

In response to what Mr. Ebanks had said, Mr. Tyrone Leslie told the Board that if there is a sale he will probably buy out the business, as he hadn’t known about any possible sale up to now.

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