A top class hotel will soon be opened on Grenada's sister isle, Carriacou. It will be located at the Mermaid Tavern, once one of the premier tourist accommodations on the island.
After years of closure the property, located on Main Street, Hillsborough, now has new ownership. Well-known local businessman, Leo Joseph, has purchased the building and begun demolition works of parts of the old structure.
Joseph, who is working towards an August 2015 opening, said the hotel will keep its original name, "Mermaid Tavern", and will provide 18 to 20 rooms. The famous Calaloo Restaurant will also form part of the business entity.
Joseph said the property holds significant sentimental values for the people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Among other things, it was home of the Carriacou Regatta festival that was started in 1965 by American yachtsman Linton Riggs.
A number of jobs will be created during the construction phase and upon completion, Joseph said.
He hopes to employ mainly locals with “the right skill set’’, and expressed optimism that the opening of this facility will be an added boost to the tourism sector.