Restaurant chain Nando’s has announced it is to open a second branch in Dundee – replacing a popular curry house.
The peri-peri chicken specialist confirmed it would be bringing a new eatery to Camperdown Leisure Park early next year, replacing the Indian restaurant Ashoka Shak.
Nando’s already has a restaurant in the city centre, on the Nethergate.
The Ashoka restaurant closed without warning last week and demolition crews have since arrived on the site.
It is listed as “permanently closed” on online search engines and its phone numbers are now ringing out.
A Nando’s spokesman said: “We know that there are a lot of peri-peri fans in Dundee and we can’t wait to open our second restaurant in the city in early 2019.”
The future of Ashoka Shak has been the subject of speculation for several months.
Its parent company Harlequin Leisure Group went into administration in 2016.
Other restaurants under the Ashoka banner continue to operate across Scotland, run by another company, Harlequin Restaurants.
Santanu Roy Chowdhury, a former manager of the Ashoka in Dundee, previously denied that the business was earmarked for closure.
He told the Tele earlier this year: “I have heard this rumour for the last two years – and we are still trading here.”
Mr Chowdhury said today that he left the restaurant two months ago and was not privy to the details of its closure.
He added: “I have no idea what has happened.
“As far as I know Harlequin is no longer in Dundee.”
Bosses at Ashoka, who bought the site and opened in 2003, did not respond to a request for comment.
KPMG, administrators for Harlequin Leisure Group, were asked for comment, but hadn’t responded at the time of going to press.