Bed Lounge & Restaurant, a Cayman Islands institution that survived relocation after Hurricane Ivan, has called it a day.
Confirmation of the closure came from Harry Lalli, who runs the Treasure Island Hotel site where Bed leased its space, almost four months after the restaurant’s operators posted notices at the site on West Bay Road advising of a temporary closure.
The establishment reopened at the Treasure Island location more than two years after suffering significant hurricane damage at its previous location at the Islander Complex on Lawrence Boulevard.
The posters, affixed to the Treasure Island premises in November and still in place, stated that the closure would be temporary while the restaurant underwent refurbishment and staff took a holiday.
It read: ‘Bed Public Notice. Hours of operation: Closed for renovations and staff vacations, November 18 to November 24.’
But Bed never reopened.
The operators, who included Trish Whittaker, fell behind with their bills and couldn’t make up the rent, said Mr. Lalli.
‘Bed Restaurant is closed indefinitely. I guess it had fallen into arrears,’ he said, rebutting any suggestion there had been a turndown in trade at Bed. ‘If you ask me, I have no idea why it failed because it was a brilliant concept and it was always busy.’
Ms. Whittaker, a partner in the themed restaurant, where waiting staff wore pyjamas, did not return telephone calls.
Meanwhile, Mr. Lalli said he was in negotiation with two interested parties about taking over the space on West Bay Road.
One expression of interest has come from a Cayman company or what he described as ‘people in the restaurant business on the island’; the second is from a foreign interest.
The option of a US chain operating a restaurant at Treasure Island was no longer on the table, he said.
Mr. Lalli would not disclose how much a month’s rent at the restaurant would be.
A tenant could be in place as soon as the end of the second quarter and the drive outside Bed has been resurfaced this month in preparation.
‘Both parties are at the upper end,’ he said. ‘We’ve been negotiating with a couple of people and we definitely want someone solid in that space. I’m assuming we’ll have someone in place within the next few months.’