Council’s £100k gift to re-fit empty restaurant

Aberdeen City Council has pledged to put up to £100,000 of its own cash into refurbishing an established restaurant location in the city, as long as it can find a tenant to take over management of the site.

The restaurant at Duthie Park, set in 44 acres of Victorian grounds, will be closed temporarily from November 1 as Aberdeen City Council seeks to identify a new operator.

Chalmers Bakery has been operating the venue for the past 12 years but its lease expires this week.

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The Council is now in the process of a identifying a preferred bidder after marketing the property to prospective operators.

The 3,748sq ft restaurant is a focal point of the popular Victorian park and boasts seating for 90, a conservatory which can hold 55 people and a large commercial kitchen.

As part of the new lease agreement, the council has agreed to match an ingoing tenant’s refurbishment and fit-out costs up to £100,000.

“It is unfortunate that we have to go through this period of closure for the restaurant at Duthie Park but I know council officers are working hard to ensure we have the best possible operator in place,” said Councillor Neil Cooney, convener of Aberdeen City Council’s Housing and Environment Committee.

“The restaurant is a hugely popular part of the park and it is essential we find the right person for the job,” he added.

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