The Grand Cayman culinary scene just got a little hotter with the introduction of Bonfire Urban Italian Kitchen on West Bay Road.

Located within Locale Grand Cayman – the island’s brand-new boutique hotel – Bonfire represents a new wave of affordable gourmet and casual Italian-inspired cuisine served up by friendly staff in a social, fun and communal atmosphere.

The eatery is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week, with indoor and outdoor dining options, along with a quality list of local and international beers, wine and cocktails.

Bonfire’s selection of Italian specialties includes house-made pastas, flash-baked pizzas and healthy salads with fresh ingredients from the local farmers market. Breakfast includes nutritious choices such as a chia orange pudding and avocado toast, with specialty Italian coffee.

“After working on this project for two years, we are delighted to open Bonfire to very positive reviews from both locals and island visitors,” says Marco Mauthner, director of food and beverage, who describes Bonfire’s food as “simple, affordable and excellent”.

Mauthner, who has opened more than 20 restaurants across the globe in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean, explains that Bonfire uses only fresh, homemade ingredients. “Nothing is frozen,” notes the Austrian national. “We are making everything from scratch in the kitchen using only the finest ingredients and locally grown produce.”

Michael Wilkings, co-founder of HHG Advisory Services, developer and operator of both the Locale hotel and Bonfire restaurant, explains that the twin businesses are designed for the community and for visitors.

The king loft room is bright with high ceilings and plenty of space.

“Our common areas, with fast, free Wi-Fi and an open-plan design, tie our community together,” he says, adding that the warm and welcoming vibe and communal work space allow guests, diners and locals to interact, collaborate or just chill and hang out in a congenial space.

“Grand Cayman has some of the best restaurants in the Caribbean, but they’re generally expensive,” he comments. “Bonfire is designed to offer delicious, high quality, fresh food at affordable prices … and the same goes for our full-service bar.”


The boutique hotel is now accepting reservations at a nice price point for the Seven Mile strip. With double queen and unique king loft rooms available to book, the clean, modern design of the rooms and common areas makes this a great choice for business travellers or those who want to be a stone’s throw from everything Seven Mile has to offer.

You’ll find colourful murals throughout the property.

Bonfire is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit or call 233-FIRE (3473).


  1. We have eaten there. The food is actually quite good. Especially if you like pasta.
    The problem is that the atmosphere is more like a Burger King or Pizza Express than a restaurant.
    You place your order at the counter and pay for it. Then sit in the brights lights on a hard chair until it arrives.

    The staff were helpful and friendly.

    Good for takeout perhaps.

    • I must add that while lacking in atmosphere for a romantic dinner or night out with friends it might well be ideal for a family with young children who won’t sit still in a posh restaurant.
      Perhaps this is their target market.

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