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Reading Rooms owner unveils plans to open restaurant next door

Reading Rooms owner unveils plans to open restaurant next door

A new restaurant could be opening in Dundee if plans from the owners of the one of the city's most popular nightclubs are approved by the city council.

Blackscroft Properties Ltd, which owns The Reading Rooms, has filed an application to transform a former church building into a restaurant and bar.

The site is in east Marketgait, next door to The Reading Rooms, and the plans are the latest in a series of developments it is hoped will regenerate the area.

If given the go ahead the new restaurant, tentatively called The Deck, will bring 20 full-time jobs, including four apprenticeships, to Dundee.

  (Peter Inglis Architect)
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Area of regeneration

Derek Souttar, director at Blackscroft Property, says the surrounding area has been neglected in previous years but is now a site of regeneration.

"Within the area there is a major housing development just 100 yards away and across the road there’s planning permission been approved for a hotel," he said.

"It’s an area of significant regeneration as it’s an underdeveloped part of Dundee. It's 20 yards from the city centre and it's always been neglected.

"We own the Reading Rooms as well and there are also plans to turn it into - as well as a very successful independent night club - a venue with earlier opening hours and invest in the garden area.

"So all of a sudden you would have two facilities side by side."

  (Peter Inglis Architect)
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Mr Souttar said he is unsure of what type of food the restaurant would serve at this early stage.

If the application is successful, the large sheltered decking area will be raised on columns to allow for a greater view of the surrounding area.

The building was originally built as a church and has been used as offices and warehousing for more than 60 years.

The site has previously been explored for other uses and most recently Dundee City Council turned down an application to open a children’s nursery there.

A supporting statement from the architect says: "The property has been advertised since 2012 for office accommodation. However, there has been no serious interest.

"Some property experts state that there is an adequate supply of office accommodation already in the city."

The full plans can be viewed online.

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