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“Substantial”renovations to Festival Place

Festival Place vendors will be relocated to a tent as of January, once renovations begin to replace the roof of the complex.

The complex hopes to lure its star tenant, Kafe Kalik, back with the renovations.

The construction is expected to continue during the first half of 2011. General Manager of the tourist-welcoming center Marcian Cooper hopes to see business stay afloat during and after construction. And Bahamian restaurant Kafe Kalik is being factored into those plans.

“We hope Kafe Kalik will be on stream once[the renovations]are complete,”he toldGuardian Businessyesterday.”Business has been doing well with the Oasis(of the Seas cruise ship). Just from observing we can see that.

“But we have to take off the whole roof of Festival Place.”

It’s work that will take place in stages, he said. Some of the craft and souvenir vendors will be relocated outside under a tent in the interim period. The work is not expected to interrupt the business flow at the center in the meantime. The roof is set to be done in stages and only some vendors will move at a time.

The move follows last year’s closure of the popular Kafe Kalik restaurant, which was located on the side of the building. At the time officials cited infrastructure work that needed to be redone before the eatery could be reopened. There were also concerns related to mold in the building.

The temporary closure could place a dent in revenue collections at the complex, given Kafe Kalik was one of its major tenants.

Colin Higgs, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Works, has confirmed that the tendering process for the work to the roof began earlier this week.

“The tenders are currently being evaluated by technical people,”he said.”We revert to the tender board with recommendations.

“There are two components, the tender for the replacement of the roof and mold remediation works being done on the old sections.”

It’s uncertain, however, if the work will be enough to win back the flagship restaurant, given Tyrone Nabbie and his more upscale Kafe Kalik has also been given the nod to set up shop in Lynden Pindling International Airport’s U.S. departure terminal as early as March 2.

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