Mind the Gap

Nightclub operator wants extended hours

A St Lawrence Gap nightclub operator has issued a fresh call to authorities to consider extending the operating hours for businesses in the Christ Church district well-known internationally as an entertainment centre.

Herman Maloney, one of the owners of the Cove nightclub which was formerly known as the Reggae Lounge, told Barbados TODAY the Gap today could not be compared with what it was up to about five years ago.

Since nightclubs are no longer allowed to play music past 2 a.m., he said, there has been a downturn in business and not even locals are patronizing the area as much as they did in the past.

“The Gap used to be the place to be. Ever since they start closing the Gap at 2 or 3 in the morning, it’s been a turn off because people don’t come to The Gap until late. The Gap is known for the wee hours of the morning,” said Maloney.

Reporting good business for nightclubs during the Crop Over season when hundreds of people spilled onto the street, Maloney suggested that consideration be given to allowing operators to open later than 2 a.m., at least during this festival season.

“Just for Crop Over recently, there were about 400 people in the street who came out here like 2 in the morning to party and when they got here the Gap was closing down. That is totally ridiculous,” Maloney said.

“You are inviting like 50,000 people here to party, then you are telling them they can’t party. It doesn’t make sense.”

Maloney said authorities should look at the situation seriously since businesses continued to suffer. Also when they speak about tourism, they should always be mindful of the entertainment industry and see it as a major part of tourism, he added.

“We know the hotels when they advertise get different types of people. Some people who come here want to stay up all night or all day. Some people come here [and] want to sleep. Basically when they advertise, they need to be more strategic,” advised Maloney.

“When I go away, I might sleep all day and party all night but when you are on vacation that is up to you . . . You don’t go there for the Minister of Tourism to tell you that you should go to sleep at 2 or 3 in the morning. You go there and you are spending your money and you have a good time. So you determine when you want to spend it, what hour of the day or what hour of the morning. I find here on the Gap, a lot of tourists complain,” he said.

Pointing out that there would always be a need for entertainment, the former promoter said he was almost certain Government was no longer making as much money in taxes since the introduction of the earlier cut off time.

However, despite the downturn in business, Maloney said he believed the Gap had the ability to return to its glory days and he had no plans to shut shop any time soon. Further, he said he would do what he could to draw more people to the location.

“I am trying to talk to a lot of the businessmen here to make it happen,” he said, acknowledging that they had to work closely with the police. (MM)

11 Responses to Mind the Gap

  1. Allyson Benn
    Allyson Benn October 3, 2015 at 8:56 am

    I shall say this in the only language business operators in this god forsaken dead zone of an island seem to understand (and beg leniency from the moderators )

    If de rubbasole hotel owners and operators down in the gap, would stop kissmeteet advertising peace and rawsoul tranquility and start advertising PARTY STRIP, while learning to coexist with the blasted night clubs and restaurants and present a decent package to the younger tourists, they would find money can flow to both!

    But years ago, about 5 to be exact, wunna foolish cants get and let that Prime Rib Roast Missingter Fred, talk wunna into closing wunna clubs down by a certain times talking bout de young ppl spending too much time and money partying in night clubs.

    I tell rawsoul wunna nain good was to come of that!!

    • Seth St John
      Seth St John October 3, 2015 at 9:49 am
    • Allyson Benn
      Allyson Benn October 3, 2015 at 9:52 am

      Locals WILL party once there is someplace to party.

      Brewster’s Road Crew should have taught these ppl that!!

      Right now I can actually list every party spot in Barbados without effort.

      That is absurd!!!

      This idea that tourists still coming here for sun sand and salt fish is outdated!!

      But wunna like to listen to that cant Richard Sealy too much!!

  2. Alex Alleyne October 3, 2015 at 9:12 am

    From way back when Barbados was always dubbed as a place where its citizens “go to sleep with the birds” . If we want to cater to the tourist in one area you must do the things to make them happy and allow them “to spend that money” in order to get that well needed foregin exchange.
    People come to Barbados once and do not return because there is very little night life and so its easy to get board.

  3. Artneal Bear Abbey
    Artneal Bear Abbey October 3, 2015 at 9:14 am

    The hotels and the tourist have all the say.They complain about noise level. Now if these tourist and hotel operators say they want the gap open till 7am it will happen. Most Bajans have no say in Barbados

  4. jrsmith October 3, 2015 at 9:57 am

    @, Artneal, B,A, hail ,hail, well said on the button, most bajans have no say in bimshire, my continuous trumpet blowing bajans we want our country back, we are going to loose our way of life,
    We have allowed a bunch of people call politicians to be treating us like second class citizens.

    Our island is ready to be taken over but not by bajans, but by foreigners. we need people in power , who work in the interest of the people and not for the interest of some people. them and us is the order of the day. We are paying for a failure government.

  5. Javan Cook
    Javan Cook October 3, 2015 at 10:18 am

    If you want peace and tranquillity go and rent a villa in the north. We don’t even have a party night life in the north which sucks tremendously. Party life just dying out in BIM in the whole,it’s all about Jolly Roger/MC Bucanneer cruises and SUGAR. Where else is there to party??

  6. seagul October 4, 2015 at 3:58 am

    Wunna want to party –wanna need Jah. Go to bankrupt Puerto rico


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