Michael Schwartz’s The Genuine Hospitality Group today announced the Aug. 30 closure of its Cayman Islands’ outpost of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink.
The restaurant, which opened in Grand Cayman’s Camana Bay development five years ago, will make way for a pizza-and-pasta spot operated by Cayman restaurateurs.
“Michael’s Genuine has been an important part of establishing Camana Bay as the place to be for food enthusiasts in the Cayman Islands, and we appreciate all that Michael and the team have done to strengthen Grand Cayman’s culinary community,” Jackie Doak, chief operating officer of Dart Realty, the developer of Camana Bay, says in a statement.
The announcement comes on the heels of a string of restaurant closures in Miami-Dade in recent weeks.
Schwartz says closing the restaurant was a difficult decision, but one that allows him to focus more on his Miami restaurants and upcoming projects, including a Harry’s Pizzeria in Coconut Grove and a signature restaurant at Edgewater’s Paraiso Bay development.
“It’s never easy to close the book on a project you feel genuinely proud of, but it’s time to move on,” Schwartz says. “I’m honored by the support we have received over the years in Cayman and from our partners at Camana Bay.”
Camana Bay also is home to a second location of Coral Gables-based Ortanique, the upscale Caribbean restaurant from chef-owner Cindy Hutson and partner Delius Shirley.