One of Camana Bay’s original restaurants, Ortanique, is closing in June, following on the heels of the closure of Michael’s Genuine earlier this year.
The Dart group, which operated both restaurants on licensing agreements with the established Miami eateries, confirmed the decision this week.
No plans have been announced for a brand to take the space, though Dart has indicated it is looking for a tenant.
A spokeswoman for the company said the five-year contract with Ortanique had ended and the restaurant would serve its last meal on June 30. Arrangements are being made for the restaurant’s staff to pursue employment opportunities at the six new restaurants that will be housed at the Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa.
The move follows several recent changes in the bar and restaurant scene at Camana Bay.
The Brooklyn pizza and pasta restaurant took the place of Michael’s Genuine, while English-style pub The King’s Head opened next door. The Upper Crust also revamped and rebranded as Lola Bistro.
Dart said in a statement that Ortanique, as one of the town center’s original restaurants, had helped establish the area’s reputation.
“The restaurant’s team has helped to position Camana Bay as a key culinary destination within the Cayman Islands, from its award-winning mojito and beloved breadfruit tacos to Cindy’s strong reputation as a chef committed to sustainable, high-quality sea-to-table cooking,” it said.
Cindy Hutson, the Miami-based chef responsible for the restaurant’s “cuisine of the sun” brand, said she and business partner Delius Shirley have enjoyed their time in Cayman and hope to be back for some of the island’s culinary events.
“While Delius and I have enjoyed our five-plus years in Grand Cayman and all the friends we have made over our contract term, we have made the decision to focus on our Ortanique Miami, and new ventures Zest Restaurant and Zest MRKT in downtown Miami,” she said.
Dart’s statement added, “We look forward to Cindy’s continued involvement with the Town Centre’s thriving culinary calendar, including events such as Slow Food Day, as she returns with her unique take on Caribbean cuisine in years to come.”