Beaches bar moves to Treasure Island

Beaches, the sports bar and restaurant that recently closed at Grand Harbour, will reopen Friday under longtime owner Kerry Lawrence. The bar has relocated to The Clubhouse at Treasure Island Resorts.

The reopening also includes Treasure Island’s Lobby Bar in a move that will retain staff from both The Clubhouse and outdoor lounge, in addition to Mr. Lawrence’s 34 employees from his Grand Harbour operation.

Mr. Lawrence and manager Alan Simpson closed Beaches and the adjacent Rouge Lounge cabaret, the Blue Mountain Café coffee shop and the wave-poolside Carp Bar on Sept. 16 after a dispute with the landlord.

Staffing, Mr. Lawrence said, remained constant: “I haven’t laid off anyone. I am keeping all the staff, the managers, everyone. More than half are Caymanians.”

Donovan Taylor, assistant to Treasure Island owner Harry Lalli, said the old 3,500 square foot Clubhouse bar had been an ongoing operation.

Acknowledging that the resort is on the market, Mr. Simpson said the agreement with Treasure Islands allows Mr. Lawrence to negotiate with any buyer of the property.

Meanwhile, Grand Harbor management company BCQS said it is negotiating with three parties for Beaches’ former premises.

All the candidates have proposed bars and restaurants, although not occupying all four properties.

“Each party has slightly different ideas, I think,” said a company spokesman, adding that the new businesses would open “hopefully before Christmas.”

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