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HHG plans hotel for long-time vacant SMB building; Billy Bones closes

 

You may recognise it as the building in the heart of Seven Mile Beach that has been vacant for more than a decade.

But that soon won’t be the case for the property at the intersection of Lawrence Blvd and West Bay Road.

The Howard Hospitality Group has purchased the building and has big plans in the works.

“That building will actually be a really cool 42-room, boutique-style hotel that caters to business travel and local guests,” HHG Properties Director of Marketing James Stephen said. “It was an interest to us, obviously, because of its location close to Seven Mile Beach, on West Bay Road, Camana Bay, and right in the Seven Mile corridor. So it was a great spot for that concept for us.”

Mr. Stephen says the retail and restaurant components of the building could be up and running by the end of the year. The hotel itself is scheduled to open a few months into the new year.

Several nearby property owners have voiced concern about the plans, according to planning documents, specifically regarding garbage pick-up. Mister Stephen says HHG is doing what it can to address those issues.

Meanwhile, HHG’s purchase of the resort formerly known as Treasure Island has spelled the end for the Billy Bones Bar located in the heart of the resort.

Billy Bones closed a few weeks ago as HHG continues to renovate the property in anticipation of opening it as a Margaritaville Beach Resort.

“Any staff from the former Billy Bones that took steps to apply were granted interviews, ” Mr. Stephen said. “Their knowledge and experience at the place would be invaluable for us. So we wanted to make sure they knew they were welcome to apply and we did our best to accommodate anyone we could.”

Mr. Stephen says at least one former employee has been hired.

He says the space will reopen as one of Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville signature bars called, “5 O’Clock Somewhere.”

About the author

Kevin Morales

Kevin Morales

Cayman 27 Sports Producer Kevin Morales is an award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience. Kevin is a Milwaukee, Wis., native. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2005 from the University of Minnesota. He's a proud father and a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and U of M Golden Gophers.

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