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Former Gombeys bar set to open under new management in May

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Construction work has started on the old Gombeys bar at Clearwater
Construction work has started on the old Gombeys bar at Clearwater

An East End concession is set to open in the summer after minor renovations are completed, a property management firm said.

The Bermuda Land Development Company said that a new restaurant was set to open around May in the building formerly occupied by Gombeys bar and restaurant at Clearwater Beach in St David’s.

A spokeswoman for the BLDC said some work had been carried out over last two weeks.

The renovations included the removal of walls designed as barriers for a skating rink which had suffered hurricane damage.

She added: “Despite the facilities not being able to open last year due to Covid-19, BLDC is looking forward to having a safe and successful operation during this second summer season of the pandemic.

“Minor improvements and general maintenance have commenced on the property and we are anticipating a May opening, weather permitting.

“More details on the concession offerings, opening times and activities will be forthcoming in the next few months.”

Construction work at the old Gombeys bar at Clearwater (File photograph)

Jas Ltd, a Bermudian-owned hospitality company, was selected as the new tenants for the site last January.

Gombeys Bar & Restaurant was run by Marlon Laws before his lease expired in December 2019.

An online petition was launched after it was learnt that Mr Laws's lease would not be renewed and was signed by almost 3,000 people.

But Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch, the Minister of Public Works, said at the time that “every effort” had been made to help Mr Laws to “provide a comprehensive proposal” to retain the lease.

He added that BLDC had identified the standard of service provided by Mr Laws “as not meeting the minimum expected of an operator at Clearwater Beach”.

Construction work on the old Gombeys bar at Clearwater (File photograph)

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Published March 06, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated March 05, 2021 at 5:50 pm)

Former Gombeys bar set to open under new management in May

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