Last orders for Ward Road pub only months after opening
Dundee’s pub trade has been dealt a fresh blow after bosses at another venue announced it will close.
Deacon Brodie’s on Ward Road only opened its doors last summer but it will close at the end of January.
Tom Alison, 63, director of the pub, said there were several factors behind the move.
He said: “The main reason is quite simply the business wasn’t making any money.
“We had started opening later and later as there simply wasn’t the demand to be open during the day.
“Although we had food on offer there wasn’t a case of folk from neighbouring businesses coming in for lunch.
“The culture of having an alcoholic drink for your lunch is now long gone and that’s probably had an impact on the lunch trade.
“We had limited success with ticketed music events but there are only so many of them you can run in any given week.”
The news comes just weeks after The Lab on Bell Street called last orders, only months after it opened.
Mr Alison, who employed four bar staff and two kitchen staff, said he didn’t know what the long-term future held for the building.
He said: “I don’t know if someone else will try to make a go of it but there simply wasn’t enough footfall coming into the premises to keep it going.
“The changes in the drinkdriving laws have played a factor in the pub trade.
“I think people just don’t have the disposable income like they used to.
“If someone had money to invest, I’d tell them to stay well clear of the pub trade unless they were investing in one of the bigger city centre pubs.”