Liquor board meeting scheduled

The Liquor Licensing Board has a full slate of variations and renewals to consider during its annual meeting 20 September.

The agenda includes one new application for a hotel liquor and music and dancing licence from the new owners of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman; 29 variations to existing licences; 360 renewals of existing liquor licences and 204 renewals of existing music and dancing licences, according to information submitted to the Caymanian Compass.

New requests

The Ritz’s application was deferred from the board’s quarterly meeting in June, when the applicants said the resort would continue to operate under the existing licence until further notice. The resort was placed in receivership earlier this year.

Among the variation requests are several applications by establishments to operate later into the night. Ultra Lounge & Grill/Tropical Diner on Smith Road is seeking permission to operate on Wednesday until 2am Thursday. Buttonwood Club on Crewe Road is seeking to operate on Tuesday until 2am Wednesday. Nectar Martini Lounge on West Bay Road is seeking to be able to sell liquor Monday through Friday from 8pm to 2.45am and play music Monday through Friday from 8pm to 3am. According to the notice, Nectar’s application “is in anticipation of re-branding the premises from a lounge to a nightclub”.

In June, the board decided to allow nightclubs to serve alcohol until 2.45am during the week and play music until 3am. At the same time, the board approved an application by Energy Lounge & Restaurant on Shedden Road to operate Thursday nights until 2am Fridays.

One variation request is from George Powell to change the location of a restaurant liquor licence to a new East End restaurant called Bombay Chopsticks, by Chef Remy Azavedo of South Coast Bar & Grill. The new restaurant will be located at 365 Austin Conolly Drive.

In December, the board granted a new retail liquor, restaurant liquor and music and dancing licence to Mr. Powell in order to open another East End restaurant, called Jizel’s, also by Chef Remy.

Renewals

The total number of active or provisional liquor licences in Grand Cayman up for renewal in the September meeting is 360 – one fewer than the 
number of licences last year.

That includes 208 retail licences, 74 package store licences, 35 restaurant licences, 19 distributor licences, 18 hotel licences, and six beer and wine licences. Of the 360 licences, 18 (or 5 per cent) are marked as “provisional”.

Additionally, there are 204 music and dancing licences up for renewal, one greater than last year.

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