Next Door is the latest offering from Walter Fajette and Cristiano Vincentini, owners of Agua
The newest food and beverage establishment to open in Camana Bay promises a fresh cocktail experience with a classic bar environment that will appeal to all. Opening in July, Next Door – as its name suggests – is located directly adjacent to its owners’ existing Camana Bay restaurant, Agua.
Restaurateurs Walter Fajette and Cristiano Vincentini set their sights on opening Next Door during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than being intimidated by the challenges the pandemic and subsequent Cayman Islands border closures posed for the hospitality industry, Fajette and Vincentini seized the opportunity to expand.
“We decided to take that time to adapt our business model, taking on additional space next door with a view to creating a classic, speakeasy-style bar that will be the venue in which everyone wants to start or end their night,” said Fajette.
Agua bartenders Matt Fitzgerald and Corey Scruggs will be at the bar’s helm and create an inventive menu of cocktails that celebrate Cayman’s traditions. The restaurant group’s new Operations Manager Wayne Epple explained the influence that Caymanian bush medicine has had on the menu.
“Traditionally Caymanians used herbs and passed-down recipes to heal a number of ailments,” he said. “We are going to use those same herbs and spices with some local fruits in our cocktails. We are excited to launch a menu that is community-driven, inclusive and very much of Cayman.”
In addition to the Cayman-inspired cocktail menu will be a bar bites menu created by Agua’s executive chef Jon Herzog, providing ideal bites explained by Epple as “elegant bar food”, to complement the bar’s drinks offerings. The décor of the bar will add to the ambience, whether guests are enjoying a lively outdoor lounge furnished with items brought in from Italy, or the modern interiors that offer eclectically designed, low-lit booths, Chesterfield sofas and pocketed seating spots, partially inspired by Prohibition-era watering holes.
“Next Door is designed to offer an experience from start to finish,” added Epple. “From an interactive, social food delivery with our staff and a conversational space to a satisfying menu of shared plates, the bar will be ideal for those going to or coming from a date night at the movies or a company hosting a social with clients or their team members.”
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About Camana Bay
A destination within a destination, Camana Bay is a vibrant town located in the heart of Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands, a British Overseas Territory.
Situated on 685 acres between Seven Mile Beach and the North Sound, this mixed-use master-planned community is one of the first examples of New Urbanism in the Caribbean.
Developed by Dart Real Estate, Camana Bay offers more than 650,000 square feet of commercial office and retail space as well as 63 luxury apartments available for long-term lease, and condos, townhomes and duplexes at OLEA, Camana Bay’s first for-sale residential project. The town also offers public spaces for all to enjoy, world-class shopping and dining, as well as family-friendly entertainment, events and attractions.