KEY figures in Dundee have defended a recent influx of proposed eateries in the city — amid suggestions that the restaurant market is over-saturated.
Plans have been revealed for a licensed bistro on Reform Street, while the old Job Centre on Gellatly Street is also subject of an eatery proposal.
It follows news that four retail units will be marketed at Shore Terrace, that a restaurant has been proposed on Broughty Ferry’s Brook Street, and that Frankie & Benny’s is preparing to open a restaurant in the Overgate — following on from Five Guys.
Some locals have voiced their disapproval at so many new eating places coming to Dundee, saying that the city already has enough.
Others have said they’d rather see more shops opening instead.
But Alison Henderson, chief executive officer of Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce, moved to highlight the benefits of the city’s growing portfolio of dining options.
She said: “Dundee is leading the way in encouraging a range of different experiences for people to enjoy when they are out and about.
“The chamber of commerce welcomes new eateries, especially those who use local Scottish produce.
“These businesses help to attract more people to enjoy the city, the centre and the Waterfront, and that is good for our city and businesses in general.”
The Tele asked diners at Nicoll’s Bar and Restaurant on Commercial Street what they thought.
Sylvia Anderson, 51, said: “Everyone has different tastes, and I remember the days where it was either chipper or Chinese, so I’m glad there is more choice.”
However, Avril Lowe, 66, disagreed, saying: “There are too many popping up all over the place and soon the city will be swamped with restaurants and takeaways. We’re spoilt for choice in Dundee.”
Councillor Will Dawson, city development convener, said: “The developers, restaurant owners and businesses that are choosing to invest their money in Dundee are creating jobs, wealth and a buzz about the place.
“They are seizing the opportunities that we are presenting to do business in a city that is on the up and up, and I certainly welcome the variety and choice of eating places that is always growing in Dundee.
“The people who own and operate food firms know very well that they are in a competitive environment which helps to maintain and encourage high standards in every aspect of their business.
“That can only be good for Dundee.”