Aberdeen bar No 10 is to be relaunched in September by new owners after a major refurbishment that will see it expand into a neighbouring basement.
The venue in an historic granite building in Queens Terrace in the west end of the city will receive a six-figure investment and be renamed No 10 Bar & Restaurant with new branding.
The renovations, which are expected to be completed by September, will convert the basement of the neighbouring building at number nine from office space to a stylish 90-seater restaurant with private dining.
The new No 10 Bar & Restaurant will provide relaxed casual dining in the bar area and a more formal brasserie-style menu in the restaurant.
The interiors of the restaurant will be modern but in keeping with the 29-year-old history of the venue, with traditional herringbone flooring, dark wood furnishings, leather-clad booths and a glass-fronted private dining room for up to 14 people.
The new restaurant will serve a traditional but contemporary menu using fresh, seasonal and locally-sourced produce to create an extensive range of dishes to suit all tastes. The new venture is expected to create an additional 20 jobs for the area.
Award-winning Nicoll Russell Studios have been appointed as architects to oversee the refurbishment and design elements of the new-look No 10, with CP & Co advising on branding and marketing.
Allan Henderson, director of No 10 Bar & Restaurant, said: “No 10 has long been a highly-regarded west end institution but, in recent years, we felt it has become relatively dated, so when the opportunity to acquire came up, myself and my co-directors were determined to revive it back to its heydays and create a new dining experience for the area.
“We have researched and visited various restaurants across Scotland and the rest of UK, particularly Manchester and London which both boast an amazing food scene and we are hoping to replicate that style of dining in Aberdeen.”
Operations director Alan Aitken said: “No 10 has a long history and although the new restaurant will be a major change, it is very exciting to be taking the venue into a new era whilst also retaining some of No 10’s much-loved features such as the exposed brick-lined ceilings and sleek dark wood furnishings.
“The bar area will also remain but it will be revamped to suit the new style of the restaurant. We believe the two areas will complement each other well, whilst offering customers the flexibility of a relaxed bar meal or a more formal dining experience.”
The existing No 10 site will remain open until August while refurbishment continues in number nine. The new restaurant and bar are expected to be ready to open to the public by end of September.
Pictured (left to right): marketing manager Jillian Sheran, director Allan Henderson and operations director Alan Aitken