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Duthie Park restaurant to temporarily close as Council identifies new operator

30/10/12

The restaurant at Duthie Park will be closed temporarily from Thursday [01 November] as Aberdeen City Council seeks to identify a new operator.

Chalmers Bakery Ltd has been operating the venue for the past 12 years but their lease expires this week.

DM Hall has been marketing the property on behalf of Aberdeen City Council and several interested parties have come forward.

The Council is now in the process of a identifying a preferred bidder.

The 3,748sq ft restaurant is a focal point of the popular Victorian park which is undergoing a major restoration project. It boasts a restaurant with seating for 90, a conservatory which can hold 55 people and a large commercial kitchen.

As part of the new lease agreement, the council has agreed to match an ingoing tenant's refurbishment and fit-out costs up to 100,000.

Councillor Neil Cooney, convener of Aberdeen City Council's Housing and Environment Committee, said: "Duthie Park is in a period of change just now with the restoration project expected to lead to a surge in the already high number of visitors. The restaurant lease presents an excellent opportunity.

"It is unfortunate that we have to go through this period of closure for the restaurant at Duthie Park but I know council officers are working hard to ensure we have the best possible operator in place. The restaurant is a hugely popular part of the park and it is essential we find the right person for the job."