One of Aberdeen’s best-loved venues will serve up last orders this spring after more than four decades at the heart of the city’s restaurant scene.
Dizzy’s was one of the first fine dining experiences in the north-east when it first opened its doors in 1969.
Known for its statement red and black interior and atmospheric spotlights, the popular basement eatery was fronted by local solicitor Frank Lefevre and two partners.
Initially located at 1 Queens Cross, part of the Albyn bar and restaurant, it became famed for its eclectic and mouth-watering menus.
By 1973 Mr Lefevre was the sole director and the premises were temporarily closed for renovation work before reopening the following year.
A decision was made in 1992 to sell 1 Queens Cross and move the business to 70 Carden Place, where it was christened Dizzy’s Bar and Restaurant.
It continued to welcome loyal punters while attracting new generations, and an extension was added to the building to create a larger and more comfortable bar area.
Mr Lefevre is now 80, but his son Paul recalls working as a cellar boy from a young age.
He said: “I remember collecting and emptying bottles in the 90s before going on to work in the kitchen.
“I eventually went on and did my own thing at university where I studied business.
“I have so many memories of the place and I’ll be very sad to say goodbye.”
The 50-year-old spent six years in London where he worked as a trader, before the family business brought him back to Aberdeen for good.
While the Lefevres continued to own the established bar, Mr Lefevre jun said its success has largely been down to the hard work of husband-and-wife team Carol and David Munro.
The dynamic couple have overseen the running of Dizzy’s from the very start with Mr Munro serving as head chef and Mrs Munro working front-of-house as manager.
The couple have decided to retire after 46 years in business, bringing the Dizzy’s story to an end.
Mr Lefevre jun said his family – and generations of customers – owed them a debt of gratitude for all of their hard work.
“It would not have been the same without Carol and David’s input,” he added.
The property will now be marketed as a going concern.
Dizzy’s in its current guise will carry on serving until Saturday May, 30.