The owners of a popular cafe hope to open an upper level and introduce an artist studio and food shop.
Foodstory on Thistle Street in Aberdeen has applied to open the floor above the current premises, with a number of uses drawn up.
The premises’ current kitchen is at a different property, which means paying for deliveries.
Co-owner Lara Bishop said: “It’s more that we need to do it.
“We can’t carry on going back and forth with the food.
“We were desperate to find a place on Thistle Street.
“It’s easier if you have both units together.”
An artist studio, juice bar, food shop and yoga space are just some of the ideas currently in the mix for the new level.
Office space for staff would also be part of the plans.
The organic cafe’s menu is 90% vegetarian and about 70% vegan.
Lara added: “It would have a public space for artists to use – we want people to put their art up on the walls.
“Downstairs would keep the stage so music would stay there.”
Lara and co-owner Sandy McKinnon opened Foodstory in 2013 after an online campaign to finance the cafe.
The Kickstarter campaign raised more than £10,000 thanks to 140 backers who pledged up to £1,000 each.
In 2015 it expanded by knocking through into the premises next door.
The pair then enlisted the help of friends and family to get the restaurant ready in time, building chairs, tables and worktops from reclaimed wood, doors and pallets.
Now it promotes less waste and recycling, and everything in the eatery is hand-made with almost all of it built using recycled materials.
A range of events take place at the premises including gigs, open sessions – where a piano can be played by anyone – and community projects.
One such initiative is Aberdeen Soup, where people pay £5 entry and receive a hot meal then hear up to four pitches from people or groups seeking funding for their projects.
After a vote, the winning pitch receives all the money raised from the £5 entry fees.