The re-opening of an Aberdeen restaurant, which closed due to the oil downturn last year, has been hailed as the beginning of the “fightback” for the city’s night-time economy.
The Adelphi Kitchen will again be serving diners after being bought by new owners. It closed in September, but has now been acquired by CranberryCo, which runs a number of other city premises, including Fusion Bar + Bistro and No.1 Bar & Grill.
The Adelphi Lane eatery was one of many recent casualties of the steep fall in global oil prices, which has proved the catalyst for thousands of job losses in the north-east.
Other restaurants which have either gone into administration or closed include the Albyn Club, the Merchant Bistro, Inn at the Park and Jamie’s Italian.
The Adelphi Kitchen is the fifth addition to the group, which also includes Angus & Ale, Schoolhill; The Red Lion, Spital; Fusion Bar + Bistro, North Silver Street; and No.1 Bar & Grill, Queen’s Terrace
Mark Cavanagh, owner of CranberryCo., said: “The Adelphi Kitchen is a fantastic addition to our family of restaurants and bars and we couldn’t be more pleased to be able to reopen this popular venue.
“The food, service, and general vibe will be of the same quality as previously associated with the restaurant, serving some of the best local produce in town, including locally-landed seafood.”
Head chef Chris Brant added: “I am looking forward to working with the team at The Adelphi Kitchen and bringing back aspects of the popular menu but with a few new additions.
“While we’re still making use of the chargrilling facilities in the restaurant, we’re particularly focused on producing a unique and interesting menu. I’m incredibly excited to welcome the public back into The Adelphi.”
Council vice finance convener Alan Donnelly said the announcement was “fantastic news”.
He added: “This is great for the city’s night time economy and could very well be the start of a fightback for businesses in the city.
“It has been very sad to see so many bars and restaurants go to the wall.
We need to show the thousands of visitors to Aberdeen that there is life in the city.”