Plans for a new Cuban bar in an Aberdeen shopping centre have taken a step forward.
The bar, planned for the Academy Shopping Centre on the site of the former Wagamama restaurant, was granted its licence yesterday.
Bosses behind the proposed Revolucion de Cuba applied for the change in licence to increase the indoor capacity from 134 people to 550, while also allowing space for 110 to wine and dine outside.
The Cuban-themed bar will primarily serve cocktails, rum and a selection of tapas.
Mr McIvor, who is also legal agent for the Revolution Bars Group, said the company has experienced success in the city already through its Revolution Bar on Belmont Street.
He added: “They have constantly reinvested and have not been shy about spending money.
“At the present time I’m told there are some seven out of 16 units vacant in the Academy and with Wagamama moving on that would leave it 50% not filled.
“I think what it does show is a refreshing confidence by the applicants in these difficult trading times.”
Concerns were raised by NHS Grampian over the prospect of people drinking outside until 1am.
But members of the board unanimously approved the change in licence.
The new bar would involve an investment of £1.4 million with 25 full time and 30 part-time jobs.
The restaurant is expected to be open shortly before Christmas.