THE operators behind The Taynuilt Etive: Restaurant with Rooms have taken over the lease of a restaurant premises in Oban – with big plans on the horizon.
Chef proprietor John McNulty and general manager and sommelier David Lapsley, who have operated the Taynuilt business since 2012, recently secured the leasehold of former Indian restaurant, Light of India, in order to expand their restaurant concept into Oban, which is around 12 miles from Taynuilt.
Having secured a new 15-year lease for the premises on Oban’s Stevenson Street, the pair have already started work on a refurbishment of the unit, which, when completed, will house The Taynuilt’s Etive restaurant.
At the time of sale, the restaurant, which had been under the same ownership for around 20 years, comprised 48 covers, a bar servery and a commercial kitchen.
Property agent CDLH said the premises “provides an ideal opportunity to run a great licensed restaurant in Oban” – the gateway to the isles.
“I have no doubt the experienced local operators will create a fantastic restaurant and great customer offering now in Oban,” said the firm’s Kevin Hunter.