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Café del Sol closing Camana Bay store

One Camana Bay mainstay, Café del Sol, says it’s being forced to close its doors at the end of this month to make way for US coffee-chain Starbucks.
That’s according to part-owner Brad Bargman.

He said Dart Real Estate has offered to relocate the business to another location of the complex at the end of its lease, dated 31 October, but they have declined.

Café del Sol said, in a statement, its other two locations remain open (one in Marquee Plaza on Lawrence Boulevard, just a five-minute walk away from Camana Bay, and another on Fort Street) and a new location will be opening in Savannah’s Country corner plaza early next year.

A Dart statement on the issue said no final decisions have been made on which company will inherit Café del Sol‘s current space.

The Dart statement reads: On October 31, 2018 Café del Sol’s occupancy at Camana Bay will come to an end. Dart Real Estate is appreciative of the service provided by Café del Sol over the last 10 years. It is important to maintain a thriving town with offerings representative of the ever-evolving needs of the nearly 2,000 people who live and work in Camana Bay. The commitment to these members of the Camana Bay community, and the visitors who frequent the Town Centre, means assessment of services is often undertaken to ensure the best experience possible is being offered. Dart Real Estate continues to receive interest from potential tenants wishing to open a location in Camana Bay. As is common practice in commercial operations, Dart Real Estate does not comment on any potential negotiations. Camana Bay continues to maintain a focus on providing a holistic experience for all who live, work and visit the Town Centre, offering a diverse range of services, amenities, shops and eateries to best meet growing market demands.

Café del Sol‘s full statement:

Despite its resounding success and popularity, the Café del Sol connected to Camana Bay’s Books & Books is being forced to close its doors on October 31, 2018, after nearly a decade of service to locals and tourists. Dart Real Estate, the investment, development and management company behind Camana Bay, is not offering Café del Sol the opportunity to renew its current lease.  They’ve asked them to relocate on the property.  Café del Sol management was told the potential new tenant is Starbucks.

Caymanian Leticia Scott, Café del Sol’s owner and a long-time resident of Cayman Brac known for her role as congregation leader at the Church of God, has spent years ensuring the coffeehouse remained a desirable destination for thousands of locals and tourists of all ages. For years Café del Sol in Camana Bay has been the home of Teeny Tots Saturday Art Classes and a weekly stop for students from Lighthouse School, which caters specifically to students who have moderate to profound special education needs. “Once a week, we would get on the bus and bring our communication devices as well as our money to purchase snacks,” Lighthouse School teacher Heather Thompson explained in a YouTube video. “This opportunity allowed the students to really develop social skills, as well as life skills.”

“Café del Sol has been amazingly supportive of the Saturday art classes that we do at their coffee shop at Camana Bay,” explains TeenyTotsArt instructor Caroline Brennan. “The children love their staff and their treats! Café del Sol will be missed by everyone who attends the art classes.”

Though Scott and her staff are saddened by the pending closure of the Camana Bay location, two Café del Sol locations remain (one in Marquee Plaza on Lawrence Boulevard, just a five-minute walk away from Camana Bay, and another on Fort Street), and a new location will be opening in Savannah’s Country Corner Plaza early next year.

About Café Del Sol

Café del Sol (Spanish for “Coffee of the Sun”) was established in July 4, 2001 as the first internet coffeehouse of its kind in the Cayman Islands. For more information, call (345) 946-2233, or visit CafeDelSolGrandCayman.com and on Instagram @MyCafeDelSol.

About the author

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 18 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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