PLANS to serve up a restaurant at a former Aberdeen department store were today pushing ahead.
An application has been made for listed building consent to carry out preparatory work at the Esslemont and Macintosh (E&M) building.
It requests the go-ahead to replace windows and doorways at ground floor level and install a duct and new fire escape.
The work would also include the “removal of internal stair and replacement of dormers to provide for use as restaurant”.
In August plans were lodged to turn two floors of the Union Street building into an eatery.
A 96-bedroom hotel had previously been earmarked for the site on the corner of Broad Street but the scheme was pulled by developer Castlecall.
Esslemont and Macintosh, one of the city’s biggest retail names, closed in May 2007 when the owners went into administration after 134 years of trading.