Vil­lage steaks claim to 15 new jobs

Din­ers flock to unique eaterie

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Sport craig.ritchie@trin­i­tymir­ A new steak­house has brought 15 jobs to a vil­lage – as well as a unique din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that in­volves a huge meat fridge.

Elder­slie Butcher’s Steak and Grill will give din­ers the chance to choose their cut of meat from the only glass- fronted fridge in Scot­land.

Gavin Colquhoun, the man be­hind the award- win­ning Elder­slie Butch­ers and the Elder­slie Cof­fee Shop, says the new ven­ture at­tracted 900 book­ings in just three days ahead of its open­ing last night.

He said: “We have had so much sup­port from the lo­cal com­mu­nity. “It’s been un­be­liev­able.” The glass-fronted fridge set in the restau­rant was in­spired by a clas­sic New York steak­house.

Gavin, 34, ex­plained: “A cus­tomer came in to our butcher’s shop and showed me a pic­ture of Gal­lagher’s in New York .

“It has this big glass- fronted fridge and I thought, if we ever do a restau­rant I want us to do that.

“Our fridge en­gi­neer didn’t sleep for four months get­ting it in­stalled. “It’s the only one in Scot­land. “But it’s re­ally im­por­tant, be­cause to­day peo­ple are re­ally in­ter­ested where their food comes from and we can say, look this is what you are get­ting.”

Since open­ing The Elder­slie Butch­ers – which has won nu­mer­ous awards – five years ago, Gavin and his busi­ness part­ner Danny Muir have been busy.

Two years ago they opened the Elder­slie Cof­fee Shop and now they have added the Butcher’s Steak and Grill to their port­fo­lio.

He said: “We em­ploy eight peo­ple at the butch­ers, six at the cof­fee shop and now 15 at the restau­rant.

“Its re­ally im­por­tant to us to em­ploy lo­cal peo­ple.

“The menu has lots of lo­cal pro­duce on it, and that is im­por­tant too. It’s good Scot­tish food. We live in one of the best coun­tries in the world and some­times peo­ple for­get that.

“I think there is a lot of doom and gloom around the econ­omy but I’m of the opin­ion that if you keep do­ing what you are do­ing then peo­ple will come.

“The Steak and Grill is quite high­end in­side but we want to keep it re­ally re­laxed for the cus­tomers.”

Gavin has paid trib­ute to his staff and the lo­cal com­mu­nity for their sup­port. The whole team have been great, we have a re­ally good team here and the lo­cal com­mu­nity have been so sup­port­ive,” he added.

■ ch­eryl.mcevoy@trin­i­tymir­ Chief Reporter ■ ken­neth.speirs@trin­i­tymir­ ken­neth.speirs@trin­i­tymir­ ■ ■ co­lette.crampsey@trin­i­tymir­­bell01@trin­i­tymir­ ■ Ad­ver­tis­ing ■ Ad­ver­tis­ing lynsey.gair@trin­i­tymir­■ lynsey.07393gair@762401trin­i­tymir­ ■ 07393 762401 ■ kirsteen.brown@trin­i­tymir­ kirsteen.0141309brown@4312trin­i­tymir­ 0141 309 4312 Cut­ting edge Owner Gavin Colquhoun at the unique glass-fronted fridge

Part­ners in prime Restau­rant own­ers Gavin Colquhoun, Lisa Aitken, Danny Muir and Kim­berly Muir

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