Coral Beach bar and restaurant on Seven Mile Beach has announced that it plans to close down ‘for an extended period’ from Sunday, 28 Feb.
All 25 of its staff members have been given two weeks’ notice as there is no current scheduled reopening date, according to Kenny Rankin, on the Coral Beach management team.
He said the combination of the border closure and weather-related erosion of the beachfront area of the business had led to the decision to close.
The bar will close at 9pm on Sunday, according to a customer notice posted on Facebook on Monday.
“We appreciate the ongoing support from our customers and suppliers, especially during these challenging times. We hope to reopen operations in the near future as the economic outlook improves,” the notice stated.
The closure is the latest in a number of local bars and restaurants that have shut down as businesses suffer from Cayman’s lack of tourists during the border closure. Other Seven Mile Beach bars forced to close their doors due to the COVID-19 crisis were Calico Jack‘s and Royal Palms.
Coral Beach, which has been in operation since 2019, made headlines last year as it was the scene of Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush’s assault on a female manager.
Rankin told the Compass that since reopening after lockdown last year, Coral Beach, “like many businesses across the Cayman Islands and the world, has experienced unusual and challenging times while trying to maintain business operations”.
He added, “The compounded effects of the border closure and a highly active hurricane season resulting in weather-related closures and an extensive loss of beach by the property have significantly strained the company’s resources.”
Rankin said that management had made the decision to close the bar until the economy improves. “This likely will be following the border reopening,” he said.