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New bar, restaurant and live music venue set to open in Inverness city centre this summer

By Alasdair Fraser

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The empty former bakery shop in Church Street, Inverness.
The empty former bakery shop in Church Street, Inverness.

A new Scottish-themed pub and restaurant with a live music stage is set to open in Inverness this summer.

Bringing a welcome city centre jobs boost the venue will fill the former Ashers baker’s shop on Church Street.

Kirkcaldy-based architects, the Davidson Baxter Partnership Ltd, were given permission under council officials’ delegated powers to transform the property with a full refit.

It has not yet been announced who the operators will be, but they are said to already be established licence holders in the Highlands.

Pub chain BrewDog abandoned efforts to open at the site in 2019 after twice being knocked back by council planning officials.

Grant Stewart, the Inverness-based chartered surveyor involved in the project, said: “All indications are it will be an excellent establishment offering really good, Scottish fare for food and drink.

“I’m very enthusiastic about its potential and I’m optimistic, in terms of character and attractiveness, that it will sit really well within Inverness city centre.”

It is thought the project could create a dozen or more full and part-time jobs.

Mr Stewart added: “I’d expect it to be a mid-summer opening, all going well. They are definitely 100 per cent committed to opening this season.

“They obviously have to obtain an operating licence, but they are licence holders already, with other premises in the Highlands, so there should be no issues with that.”

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