The recently-opened Irish pub Whiskey Mist in the Strand shopping center had its request to open an outdoor sidewalk drinking area denied by the Liquor Licensing Board of Grand Cayman on Friday.
Pub representative Harry Lalli told board members that, since the advent of no smoking rules inside bars and restaurants, patrons who smoke were forced to go outside to have cigarettes or cigars. Mr. Lalli said the pub wished to allow those patrons to drink in designated sidewalk areas.
Board chairman Mitchell Welds questioned whether there was enough sidewalk area for shopping center customers to get around and whether smokers would be able to stay far enough away from the entrance of the establishment to comply with local anti-smoking laws.
In the end, the request was denied.
The board green-lighted an application to transfer a liquor license held at the Dragon Inn Restaurant in the Mirco Center to the Bodmer building.
The license, which will be changed to a package store license, will allow the Asian market at the Bodmer building to sell liquor, including Asian beers.
An attorney representing owner Poh Lye “Paul” Ch’ng said Mr. Ch’ng intended to sell the Dragon Inn Restaurant.
The probation period for two bars was again extended by the liquor board.
Liquor board members said problems with the use of an unapproved and potentially unsafe outdoor patio at Archie’s Bar on Shedden Road continue. Police reports indicated things had calmed down at Archie’s since a mid-morning police raid uncovered illegal gambling.
Probation was also continued for East End’s Pirates Cove bar. Chief Inspector Claudia Brady said the bar continues to have trouble “around its premises,” including an assault that sent one victim off island for medical treatment last month.
Representatives of the bar told the liquor board that violent incidents were largely occurring in areas outside the premises that they could not control, but Chief Inspector Brady said the bar was still considered a “hotspot” – or trouble spot – by police.