Clubs granted later weekday hours

Nightclubs will now be able to serve alcohol until 2.45am during the week and play music until 3am, according to decisions made Thursday by the Liquor Licensing Board, which also is permitting a new liquor store in Savannah to stay open until 10pm.

The board granted requests for extension of hours Mondays to Thursdays made by Jet Nightclub, O Bar Nightclub, Elements Nightclub and Club 7.

Open late

The new hours align with the board’s decision at the end of 2011 to allow nightclubs to serve drinks until 2.45am on Friday nights. At the same time, the board allowed bars and restaurants to sell alcohol until 1.30am on Friday nights as well, and play music until 2am.

Club representatives said the extended hours for bars and restaurants was cutting into the clubs’ business.

“I don’t think there’s any club out there that’s a financial success by any means, at this stage,” said Harry Lalli, speaking on behalf of Elements.

“At this rate, clubs will slowly disappear because Friday nights is where the money was being made by the clubs,” he said.

The board also approved extended hours on Thursday nights to Energy Lounge & Restaurant on Shedden Road. The bar can now operate until 2am Fridays.

Liquor 4 Less – Savannah

Following numerous failed attempts to secure extended business hours at his three Liquor 4 Less locations in George Town, Prentice Panton was successful in his application to operate a new liquor store in Savannah from 10am to 10pm.

The new liquor store is to be located in Savannah Plaza on Hirst Road, across the street from the Countryside Shopping Village. The new store will operate using the license formerly assigned to Liquor 4 Less off Godfrey Nixon Way.

During the board meeting, Mr. Panton said two stores in West Bay, one in George Town, three in Bodden Town and one in East End are allowed to sell alcohol beyond the standard closing time of 7pm. He said Board Chairman Mitchell Welds had advised him in conversation that the board was tired of hearing his applications for later hours at his George Town stores, but would be ready to listen to an application for extended hours outside of George Town.

“I want to move my store to Savannah because I want my hours,” Mr. Panton said.

Museum license

People will now be able to alcoholic beverages at the Cayman Motor Museum in West Bay, after the board approved the transfer of the retail liquor and music and dancing licences formerly assigned to the owner of DJ’s Restaurant.

A representative for museum owner Andreas Ugland said the idea is to serve frozen drinks, wine and beer, and that with the licences, the museum could host functions, public events and fundraisers.

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