With only days remaining before bulldozers demolish it, one of Grand Cayman’s most iconic watering holes, Durty Reid’s Palace, has found a new home.
Bar owner ‘Durty’ Reid Dennis has agreed to take over Davie Jones Locker and the Black Pearl Bar and Restaurant at Grand Harbour, with doors set to open 1 August.
The Caymanian institution will initially set up in the Davie Jones Locker building. Plans for the adjoining Black Pearl Bar and Restaurant will be worked out in the coming weeks Mr. Dennis said.
The current location, which has been a hangout for locals, tourists and many politicians over the years, is to be demolished to make way for the East-West Arterial Corridor.
Durty Reid’s Palace Chief Operating Officer Woody De Costa said punters can expect to find all the same things that have kept drawing them back to the local hangout over the years.
‘We’ll be durtying it up for them so they can expect what they have always expected; the same great atmosphere, the same menu, good friends, cold drinks and a great location,’ Mr. De Costa said.
And with this weekend the last at the Red Bay Plaza location, the Durty Reid’s team plan to go out with a bang.
On Saturday, they will host a Durty’s Last Feed party, from 5.30pm until midnight. The event will feature an outside band stage, with performances from a host of musicians including Barefoot Man, Sea n’ B, Gone Country, and other special friends. An all inclusive ticket, including food and refreshments, costs $35. (For more information, see today’s entertainment guide).
On Tuesday night, the bar will mark its last night at Red Bay Plaza with a candlelight vigil.
‘I’ve been here since January 1989,’ said Mr. Dennis. ‘This is 17 years of my life, so it’s very sad we have to bring it down.’
He paid tribute to his wife, Dorothy, who has been running the bar in recent months while he received medical treatment at a Veterans Affairs facility in the USA.
‘I bet she didn’t expect she would end up running a bar,’ he joked. ‘She has been incredible.’