Intermezzo Café Wins Over St Paul’s Church

February 3, 2011

The Liquor Licencing Board this morning [Feb 3] refused St Paul’s AME church’s application for the denial of an “A” class liquor licence to the owners of the “Intermezzo Café”, proposed to be in the ‘Hodgson’ building thirty metres south of St Paul’s AME Church; and adjacent to the pink Presbyterian Church.

Denying the application by Rev Lanel Guyton on behalf of St Paul’s; Chief Magistrate and Chairman of the Liquor Licencing Board, Archie Warner, ruled that the grounds offered by St Paul’s had not satisfied the requirements of the Liquor Licencing Act 1974.

Lawyer for the applicants, Alan Doughty applied for $700 in costs to be awarded against Rev Guyton and St Paul’s Church.

Considering this application for costs, Chairman Archie Warner ruled that though he had exercised discretion in allowing the Church to make a late objection, he recognized that: “…the Church is in the business of being a church and that it was legitimately doing what it thought it should be doing and that the delay in the Church’s making their objection should not be held against them.”

Saying that he was once more exercising his discretion, the Chairman dismissed the application for costs.

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  1. Terry says:

    Damn UBP……did it again.

  2. Sarah says:

    should have made them pay.
    glad the cafe won though.

  3. sandgrownan says:

    Just happy a church lost

  4. Terry says:

    The Church pays everyday Sara.

    The Cafe did not win. Show me the books in three months.

  5. its me says:

    Its a sad day when people are excited to see that a bar won over a church. Where are your morels. This is as disgraceful as The Annex being allowed to sell liquor.

    • Sandgrownan says:

      I’m sure you meant morals but, either way, church isn’t where they come from.

      Fact is, religion intrudes on our lives at best, at worst is defines how we behave. It’s so unbelievably wrong.

  6. Itcouldhappen says:

    Bermuda is getting like the ghettos in the United States. A liquor store on every corner mostly in black neighbourhoods. I bet if there was a liquor store being opened up in Tuckers Town and there were objections from the neighbours, who do you think would have won? Location, location, location.

    • JimmyJohn says:

      It took you two minutes to bring race into it. Get a life!

      • Itcouldhappen says:

        But in the end it’s a part of the issue in some respects.

      • X Factor says:

        Let’s be honest, this was about “race” and “location”. It wouldn’t have happen in Tucker’s Point, or Ferry Lands. Sad day for the back of town. Everybody hangin out at Spinning Wheel, come on down, you’re the NEXT DRUNK to get a drink.

        Sad Day

        • JimmyJohn says:

          So I guess everyone on the Board or Committee who granted the liquor license was white??!! GET REAL! Blame whitey for everything…same old…same old.

          • Tired of nonsense says:


            A former black PLP minsiter constructs a brand new building and then affords the space to a black owned bar within its premises…A predominantly black church complains and the predominantly black Board/Committee overrides the complaints while the 99.99% black Govt doesn’t step in to stop it, it but yet…

            It’s whitey’s fault!!!


  7. AA says:

    Sanity rules

  8. Hummmmm says:

    There is a God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I can take my white self there and drink with my fellow black people! just like anywhere else on this island.