Extra hour for licensed premises on New Year's Eve

Businesses with liquor licenses will be allowed one additional business hour beyond regular closing times on New Year’s Eve, the Liquor Licensing Board has ruled.

The decision was made at the board’s quarterly meeting on Friday, during which the board also granted a number of variations to existing liquor licenses.

The board also agreed to amend restrictions on Cayman Cabana’s music and dancing license so that the RestoBar is now permitted to play ambient music and live music up to a four-piece band during the daytime from Monday to Saturday.

Cayman Cabana’s owner Luigi Moxam had applied to the board for permission to have live music from 9 a.m. until 1 a.m. Monday to Thursday, from 9 a.m. until 3 a.m. on Fridays and from 9 a.m. until midnight on Saturdays. Previously, the bar was not permitted to have live music until 10 p.m.

“We would love to benefit from hosting live music,” Mr. Moxam said at the meeting.

He told the board that he would like to have a live violinist or someone playing an acoustic guitar during dinner service a few evenings a week in order to attract more customers.

Before making its decision, the board heard one objection to Cayman Cabana’s application. A representative from Casanova’s Italian Restaurant, next door to the bar, told the board that Cabana had not complied with the restrictions already in place on its license, and that the restaurant frequently played loud music which disrupts their customers during dinner service.

Mr. Moxam said that Cabana played ambient music at a reasonable volume, and was frustrated that Casanova’s management frequently calls police to Cabana because of what he perceives as unfair complaints about loud music. He pointed out that Casanova is able to have live music during dinner service and asked that the board give Cabana a “fair chance” to do the same.

The board also granted permission to the Cayman Islands Tennis Club to operate on Sundays from 11 a.m., and it granted permission to Cayman Islands Yacht Club’s general store Anchors to operate from 11 a.m. on Sunday.

The board also approved a number of change of location and change of licensee applications for other businesses.

The board deferred the one new application for a retail liquor license and a music and dancing license made by Astrid Steward on behalf of the M/V Tuscany. Ms. Steward told the board that the new owners of the yacht wanted to run dinner cruises and sunset sails, but the boat is currently being renovated and is not yet sea-going.