Brewing giants Heineken are set to pump £500,000 into two Dundee pubs — creating up to 20 jobs.
The Mercantile on Commercial Street and The Gunner’s Bar in Broughty Ferry have been earmarked for major revamps if they can find licensees to take them on.
Around £300,000 will be spent at The Mercantile, with plans to transform it into a modern industrial bar under the new name of A. Smith Merchant.
As previously reported by the Tele, the pub has lain empty ever since it closed last year. It was due to undergo a makeover from Star Pubs & Bars — a subsidiary of Heineken — but the refurb never materialised and previous licensee Mike Mackay walked away from the boozer.
Star Pubs & Bars now says it is prepared to push ahead with a whole new investment for the premises.
Cocktails, craft beers, daytime food and coffees will all be on the menu at A. Smith Merchant.
Plans have also been put forward to reposition the ground floor bar at the back of the room and the upstairs will have circular booth seating overlooking the downstairs bar.
More industrial-style glazed windows and doors will replace the current design.
Currently a drinkers-only pub, The Gunner’s Bar could soon benefit from a £200,000 transformation into an urban bar serving pizzas.
Star Pubs & Bars says windows and lighting will all be replaced to increase visibility and there will be a new external seating area.
Inside, two rooms will be knocked into one with a bar filled with graffiti art, neon signs and retro features.
The company is still keen to find licensees in order for the proposals to come to fruition, creating 20 jobs between the two pubs.
Gary Corney, operations director for Star Pubs & Bars, said: “Invested pubs attract more customers and are visited more often by people using them for different occasions throughout the day.
“Customers tend to buy more premium products which creates more profitable and sustainable businesses for licensees.
“Once we have licensees on board, our investment in upgrading The Mercantile and The Gunner’s Bar will create pubs that people want and use, enhance the local community and benefit the local economy.”