An Aberdeen street dubbed “Little Chelsea” is to have a new bar specialising in wine and beer.
Grape and Grain will open at the former site of Rosie Thistle’s Tea Room in Thistle Street soon, joining the ranks of other independent food and drink businesses that have recently opened on the city centre street.
The bar is the idea of entrepreneur Jeanette Forbes, chief executive of IT firm the PCL Group on Aberdeen’s Regent Quay.
Jeanette said: “I travel often and have seen sophisticated and upmarket bars in London and Manchester, and I want to bring some of that to the north.
“It is really needed here.”
As well as offering craft beers and a wide selection of wines, Grape and Grain will also host jazz nights and open mic events.
Jeanette added: “There are a lot of creative people in Aberdeen but they need a platform to perform.”
She said the location of Grape and Grain could be the key to its success, describing Thistle Street as a “Little Chelsea”.
Despite the recent downturn in the North-east hospitality industry, the area has seen a number of new independent businesses open in recent years, such as Cup, Almondine and Bagels & Stuff.
Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “Thistle Street is a rapidly-growing area and it has been great to follow the success of initiatives there, such as the Thistle Street market, which has proved incredibly popular with visitors.
“This, alongside the great variety of outlets available on the street, really makes it a fantastic destination in Aberdeen.
“It is fantastic to see a new business open and join the diverse range of eateries, pubs, bars and restaurants in our city centre.
“Aberdeen Inspired has an integral role to play in the current economic climate and we will continue to work within the city centre to revitalise it and draw more businesses to the city.”