Season set to change in Leith

New restaurant to join Commercial Quay development

Cafe Tartine
The team behind Season Catering acquired the 100-cover former Café Tartine premises.

A PERTHSHIRE-based catering company is set to open a restaurant in Leith after acquiring the former Café Tartine unit in the Commercial Quay development.

Aaron Hartman, owner and executive chef at Season Catering, and wife Joanna are said to be planning to open restaurant Season Quayside, which will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner menus majoring in fresh, local, seasonal produce, after acquiring the premises for an undisclosed sum in a deal brokered by Cornerstone.

Occupying what’s described as a prime trading location on Commercial Quay, the venue can accommodate 100 covers – 66 in the main restaurant space and a further 34 in a conservatory area.

Cornerstone said it was “delighted to have helped secure the perfect premises for their business expansion”.

The property agent also completed the sale of the Cook School & Dining Room in Leith on behalf of chef Martin Wishart and his wife Cecile.

The leasehold for the Bonnington Road premises was acquired by Roberta Hall-McCarron and Shaun McCarron, the team behind The Little Chartroom restaurant in Edinburgh.

Barry McNeil, director of Cornerstone Business Agents who handled the sale, said Roberta and Shaun have “exciting plans to develop their business with this acquisition”.

“We are delighted with our involvement to such a high profile sale in Edinburgh – we are excited to have acted to secure a new high quality offering to the dining scene in Edinburgh,” he said.

The property agent also concluded the sale of roadside restaurant and café, Rhymers Tower, in the Borders town of Earlston on behalf of John and Lynda McKee, who have run the business for the past 27 years.

The venue, which is located on the A68, can accommodate 55 covers, with space for a further 20 outside. It was acquired by a couple from Eyemouth in Berwickshire for an undisclosed sum from an asking price of £350,000 for the freehold.