'Experienced operator' to open new restaurant in West Lothian town

A new restaurant and cafe is set to open in Kirkliston, to the west of Edinburgh, after a property deal was struck.

A 15-year lease has been agreed on the 1,800-square foot property on Main Street, Kirkliston.

A 15-year lease has been agreed on the 1,800-square foot property between landlord Devon Designs and an “experienced operator”.

Iain Mercer, director of commercial agency (east) for Allied Surveyors Scotland, which brokered the deal for the Main Street premises, said: “Despite the pandemic and challenges faced by the hospitality trade, it is refreshing to see restaurant businesses spotting opportunities and continuing to expand.”

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Allied Surveyors Scotland currently has 32 offices in Scotland. The business, which employs some 160 people, launched its east coast commercial agency in April 2018.

The Kirkliston letting comes amid a torrid time for the country’s hospitality sector as restaurants and cafes battle lockdowns and restrictions on trading under measures to try to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. A roadmap setting out potential dates and criteria to enable reopening is due to be outlined next week.

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