Proprietors of the Lobster Pot are aiming to re-open the restaurant in late May or early June after the building caught fire 24 November.
According to restaurant manager Gunter Gosch, the entire roof needs to be replaced and contractors say they plan to begin work soon.
“Sometime at the end of May or early June should be possible,” Mr. Gosch said. “Then again, it’s a moving target right now.”
Along with the repairs, plans for the North Church Street restaurant include a complete renovation, including a new menu and probably an extension as well, he said.
“The only thing that is holding back the renovation right now is the roof. Once we figure out the roof then we can go ahead,” Mr. Gosch said.
Although the restaurant has been closed since the November blaze, the dive centre at the same location remains open.
The fire was reported at about 5.30pm on 24 November. While flames could not be seen from outside the building, witnesses inside said they saw fire up above the second-floor ceiling of the restaurant. Cayman Islands Fire Service crews said it appeared smoke was coming from somewhere inside the restaurant’s air conditioning ducts.
No one was injured during the evacuation of the building.
The Lobster Pot has been open at its location on the George Town waterfront since 1965, making it one of Grand Cayman’s oldest restaurants still operating. At the time of the fire, owner Marcus Cumber said he wanted the restaurant to be back and running as soon as possible. They were initially shooting for a re-opening date around Christmas.