Ushering in new era for city bar

Wild Rover bar
The Wild Rover bar was upgraded last year.

THE licensee behind the George Orwell pub on Dundee’s Perth Road has acquired his second business on the street after taking on the lease to the Wild Rover.

Owned by Fuller Thomson, which also owns Duke’s Corner and Jute in the city, as well as various Edinburgh outlets, Wild Rover has been leased to Dundee operator Mark Usher.

In 2018, Fuller Thomson carried out a refurbishment of the Wild Rover unit and deemed the Perth Road bar a site which would be better suited to a tenancy arrangement.

Situated across from both Dundee universities and Duncan of Jordanstone Art College, the business is said to be well-placed for passing trade.

Barry McNeil, director of Cornerstone Business Agents, which handled the sale of the lease, said: “After significant interest and viewings, we are delighted to confirm that Mark Usher is to open his second business on Perth Road.

Usher is the publican at the George Orwell pub on Perth Road, across from Duncan of Jordanstone Art College.”

A premium of £25,000 was sought for the leasehold, with an initial rent of £35,000 per annum; the final sale price was not disclosed.