Several tourism improvements discussed with liquor board

A number of new developments in the tourism and restaurant business were discussed during Thursday’s meeting of the Liquor Licensing Board of Grand Cayman. 

The board held its annual meeting to review and renew existing liquor licenses, but also discussed several new projects in the pipeline for Grand Cayman. 

New restaurant 

The Dart group of companies is planning to construct a new restaurant building in the Yacht Club area off West Bay Road. 

Dart’s Matt Bishop told the Liquor Licensing Board that the new facility would be built next to the existing Morgan’s restaurant in the Yacht Club, with additional developments being planned in that location. 

“We believe there’s going to be a demand over there,” Mr. Bishop said. 

The liquor board was asked to approve the transfer of a retail liquor license to that location on Thursday for the new restaurant. 

Cigar spot 

Jacques Scott Cruise Duty Free store on the George Town waterfront is making some upgrades, according to managing director Peter Dutton. 

The location on North Church Street will soon serve not only as a package store, but also as a sandwich shop and a cigar rolling store where customers can have a coffee and a smoke on the outdoor patio overlooking the water. 

Mr. Dutton said the liquor store was also working with local businessman Greg Johnson on the development of the oft-discussed George Town waterfront “boardwalk” and hoped the additions to the business might help enhance that effort. 

New catamaran 

Red Sail Sports is seeking to add a fifth catamaran tour boat to its fleet. 

Red Sail manager Rod McDowall applied for a retail liquor and dancing license for the new craft, which has not arrived in Grand Cayman yet. However, the long-time tour company operator said he hoped to have the additional vessel ready for the upcoming tourism high season in December. 

Mr. McDowall said the company was encouraged by “steady improvements” in stay-over tourism numbers over the past three years and believed more visitors would soon be arriving as a result of new hotel developments coming online. 

Cayman Cabana 

Also along the George Town waterfront, the Cayman Cabana restaurant and bar has requested permission for later times to host live music events. 

Business owner Luigi Moxam has asked the liquor board for permission to have live music from 9 a.m. up until 1 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Fridays, and 9 a.m. to midnight Saturdays. 

There was an objection to this application by a resident in the area and the liquor board was expected to defer the matter for later discussion. 

Several local tourism and restaurant outlets are preparing for an increase in business, including Red Sail Sports. – Photo: Stephen Clarke
Several local tourism and restaurant outlets are preparing for an increase in business, including Red Sail Sports. – Photo: Stephen Clarke