Paws for thought at Kelso bistro

The venue can cater for 60 covers

A BISTRO and coffee shop business in the Borders town of Kelso has come onto the books of The Restaurant Agency.

Hoot’n’Cat has been run by the Turnbull family for the past ten years, during which time they are said to have established a busy daytime business with an “excellent reputation”, which is “a favourite amongst locals, local groups and tourists alike throughout the year”.

The premises, which is directly opposite a free public car park and within easy walking distance of the town centre, can accommodate 60 covers across two trading areas: a café/lounge area at the front of the property which can accommodate 20 people and a main dining area with space for a further 40.

Hoot’n’Cat currently offers breakfast, brunch, lunch and afternoon tea as well as a takeaway menu, and closes at 3.45pm by choice.

Alan Goldie of The Restaurant Agency, which is marketing the business with a price tag of £42,000 for the leasehold, said there is scope to expand the business with evening trade.

“We are delighted to have been asked to market the Hoot’n’Cat café on behalf on the Turnbull family,” he said.

“The business has performed well over the years with a particularly high gross profit margin and with relatively short trading hours – daytime only and five days a week – it has further growth potential.

“We fully expect good interest given its location, the size of space, room for over 60 covers with some outside space and next adjacent to one of the town’s main public car parks.

“With an annual rent at below £15,000 and no rates, this business with hot food consent should attract good local interest or indeed interest from outside caterers given the size and space on offer.”