Local coffee shop driven out of George Town

| 13/09/2019
Cayman News Service
Cafe del Sol, George Town

(CNS): The George Town branch of Cafe del Sol will be closing at the end of this month after the landlord declined to renew the coffee shop’s lease to make way for another jewellery store. On social media Wednesday, the owners of the popular cafe, who were also forced to close their Camana Bay shop earlier this year to make way for Starbucks, announced the “sad news for our Fort Street customers”.

The owners had just recently renovated the cafe, which has been serving customers in George Town for the past ten years. “Hundreds of thousands of locals and tourists have enjoyed our great coffee, baked goods and sandwiches,” the owners said in their announcement.

Their Marquee Plaza location will remain open, and the owners plan to open a new coffee shop in Savannah later this year.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    There are many other coffee shops in town. One there more than 20 yrs. Please shop local they can’t fairly compete with the likes of Starbucks.

  2. Rick says:

    Just leave Paperman’s in The Strand alone. You can’t eat or drink jewelry.

  3. Bill Fleury says:

    Oh good another jewelry store

    • sherry hansen says:

      Right you are……….. Make it something DIFFERENT, like an EXCLUSIVE SCARF SHOP…..

  4. Merodon says:

    ‘Go Mobile’ would be my my suggestion. Be where you are celebrated and not just tolerated i always say. Best of luck Cafe Del Sol. Even those fun loving jewelry hunters will need to sit and have a coffee somewhere.

  5. Gordon "Brett" Stokes says:

    That was my happy place when I lived in Cayman:-(

  6. Lwalton says:

    Place was not renovated and was an overpriced dump just like Camana Bay and Marque.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I don’t blame the landlords for what I assume is a business decision. But I am angry at the reduction in the mix of business in Town as we keep wanting to see Town revitalized. (Which requires more not less business mix, especially businesses capable of selling to a diverse customer base.) This just shows what a significant challenge revitalizing Town will be. The only silver lining is that the problem stems from the happy challenge of it being so easy for landlords to make money off of the cruise tourists that they don’t need to worry about other lines of business. Which means that the GT Revitalization Plan is going to have to look beyond the centre of Town in encouraging mixed, attractive, building & business & residential growth to achieve a revitalized (though expanded) Town.

  8. M says:

    So sad, we love cafe Del sol. Starbucks is not a patch on them, we will continue to attend st marquee and countryside to support this long standing local business. Jewelers stores 🙄🙄. Who is looking out for local businesses.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Wow. Can’t wait to see the new and different jewelry store!! Coz we need more jewelry stores. In preparation of all the new cruise shippers that will be wanting jewelry.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Coincidentally happens just after the launch of another coffeeshop on Fort Street. What’s wrong with a little competition?

    • Anonymous says:


      A few persons can still connect the dots.

      You can know the Landlord is DART whenever you see his DARTBOTS being deployed to make all of the negative comments.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Hope the jewelry store going there goes out of business due to competition saturation

    • Anonymous says:

      Any jewelry is far cheaper online. Rolex watches, too. Yay Amazon!