An Inverness bar and restaurant has announced it will close for the rest of the year due to the anticipated impact of the latest set of government restrictions.
Rose Street Foundry, operated by Cairngorm Brewery, has said it is with a “very heavy heart” they have made the decision.
A statement issued on social media reads: “It is with a very heavy heart that we have taken the decision to close our doors.
“With the most recent restrictions and anticipated future restrictions, it has become unviable for us to continue in this economic climate.
“This is not ‘last orders’ at Rose Street Foundry and we will be back better, stronger and wiser ready to start again in Spring 2021!”
The opening of the foundry was halted due to the pandemic, however, bosses have thanked visitors for their custom after they were eventually allowed to welcome guests in.
“Thank you to everyone for your continued support in these most troubling times”, the statement continues.
“Stay safe, stay sane and stay positive.”
Under the latest restrictions introduced by the Scottish Government, hospitality premises will have to close indoors at 6pm with alcohol only allowed to be served outside.
In a statement to the Scottish Parliament yesterday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said restaurants, bars and cafes would be banned from selling alcohol up to and including Sunday, October 25, with indoor venues told to close at 6pm.
Hotel restaurants will be allowed to operate indoors beyond 6pm but only for residents and without alcohol.
Hospitality businesses affected by these new measures will be able to access financial support from a £40m fund that is being set up by the Scottish Government.
The decision comes after a similar decision was made by the operators of Number 27 in Inverness.