Last or­ders for Ward Road pub only months af­ter open­ing

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

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.”

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