A quick-fire hat trick in the city

Three Edinburgh businesses change hands in same week.

The Barony Bar in Edinburgh
The Barony Bar in Edinburgh’s New Town has been bought back by pubco Punch.

THE Restaurant Agency completed a quick-fire hat trick of Edinburgh business sales in one week recently.

First up was Yeni Meze Turkish Bar Restaurant on Hanover Street which was sold to Josh Ramsay who plans to open it under the name of East Finch.

Alan Goldie, director of The Restaurant Agency, said: “We are delighted to have assisted in the sale and await with anticipation the NYC cocktail bar/New Orleans diner opening.

“With space for 50 covers, food will come in the format of simple sharing street food with Latin America and New Orleans cajun and creole influences.”

Goldie said Yeni Meze was one of three completions in one week for his agency, along with The Barony Bar and Spoon Café.

The Barony Bar in Edinburgh’s new town has been brought back into the control of pubco Punch.

“This iconic business is currently undergoing further refurbishment work and is due to open in mid to late August,” said Goldie.

“We wish this institution every success moving forward and we are sure this historic pub will remain a go-to location for many, many years to come.”

Spoon Café in the city’s old town has been renamed Nicolson’s Café after a change of ownership.

The first-floor 4500 square-foot cafe is famous for being a haunt of JK Rowling when she started writing the first Harry Potter book.

It had been operated by Moira McFarlane and Richard Alexander for over ten years.

Goldie said: “We are delighted to have sold the business to Jing Shen who already owns and operates a Chinese restaurant, Numi-Food, on South Bridge.

“They have rebranded to Nicolson’s Café, the name used when JK Rowling frequented the cafe while writing her books.”

Goldie added that the sale of the three sites shows an “emergence of new talented operators” in the capital.