New venue for Fuller Thomson

Bank backs latest bar opening in Cowgate

Fuller ThomsonThe company behind the Edinburgh bars Red Squirrel, Holyrood 9a and the The Southern have added another outlet to the chain,  OX184, in Cowgate.

Fuller Thomson, run by Gordon Fuller and Gary Thomson, also owns a number of venues in Dundee including Drouthy’s and Duke’s Corner.

They secured an £850,000 funding package from Bank of Scotland for the Cowgate venture which will occupy the former Capital Bar and Club. Edinburgh architect KBA+D was appointed to refurbish the facility.

The eight year old firm employs 170 staff and OX184 will build on a turnover now in excess of £6 million.

Mr Thomson said: “We have been steadily growing our presence in the Edinburgh bar and restaurant market for some time now, through a number of well-established locations.

“The Cowgate seemed a natural place to open our next venue and the funding support has enabled us to put our plans into action and continue our expansion in the city.

“The refurbishment allowed us to create a unique and modern venue in this historic location. It’s a really exciting time to be based on the Cowgate, which has been going through a period of rejuvenation following the opening of a number of new sites in the area.”

Paul McWilliams,  a Bank of Scotland relationship director, said: “The Edinburgh hospitality industry has been performing strongly but this also makes for a highly competitive marketplace in the city.

“The team at Fuller Thomson have shown real commitment to creating unique venues right across Edinburgh and we are pleased to support the business as it continues to go from strength to strength.”

Picture: Gary Thomson and Paul McWilliams

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