Fortunes of main Dundee city centre street picking up with new eateries set to open

Dai Pai is set to open next month, in what could be a boost for Reform Street.

The fortunes of Reform Street are “picking up” with the development of two restaurants in the pipeline, a senior councillor has said.

A new eatery serving Asian food is set to open in Reform Street next month.

Dai Pai, which already has premises in Edinburgh, will offer a variety of traditional Asian cuisine including sushirrito, sushi, rice and noodle dishes.

The vacant premises next door to McDonald’s was previously home to a Costa coffee shop, which moved out in April last year.

A spokesman said that Dai Pai was aiming to have the restaurant open by the beginning of December, in time for the festive period.

The eatery will serve sit-in, takeaway and delivered food to its customers, the same as it offers in its Nicolson Street store in Edinburgh.

A spokesman for Dai Pai said: “We are super excited to be delivering some much-needed street style back into Dundee. We’re mobilising our team and are aiming to be open by the beginning of December.”

The announcement follows the on-going development of German Doner Kebab on the other side of the street, which is set to open in coming months.

It will have seating for between 40 and 50 diners and is expected to employ about 20 people.

Dundee City Council’s city development convener Lynne Shrt welcomed the business opening.

She said: “This is one of two new restaurants which will be opening in Reform Street, along with German Doner Kebab.

“And the Reform Street McDonald’s has had its two busiest months since opening 30 years ago.

“It’s absolutely brilliant to see spending increased in Reform Street.

“This shows that the city centre is picking up.”

Ms Short said she believed resurrecting the fortunes of Reform Street, which has struggled in recent times from shop closures, could be crucial to ensuring the City of Discovery enjoys future cultural success.

She called for “out-of-the-box thinking” to fulfil the city centre’s potential and suggested creating jazz clubs or comedy clubs could help Reform Street enjoy a thriving night-time economy.

She added: “Reform Street is made for night-time economy, so we need to see what we can do.

“It doesn’t have to just be places to eat or drink but can be places to be entertained — things like comedy clubs or jazz clubs.

“Different things to appeal to different parts of the community.

“Why do we not see if places in Dundee can tap into the fringe idea? Why not have our own fringe, something small scale?

“Not everyone wants to play in the Caird Hall. The venues could be quite intimate.”