The owners of a new Dundee pub say they hope to breathe new life into a “forgotten” city centre location.
Alex Faulds and Mark Kelbie have taken over The Lab in Bell Street.
The pub has had many previous guises — most notably during the years it housed Thomson’s Bar.
It operated as The Cerberus Bar until it closed in October and subsequently lay empty until The Lab — a relaxed coffee shop and bar venue — opened in its place.
Now, another venture is set to try to reverse the fortunes of the once-popular bar – with The Copper Still having opened last week.
Alex said the pair had decided to take on the bar — which will specialise in real ale and craft drinks — because of its history in the city.
He said: “We want to return this place to what it was years ago — it used to be very popular.
“Bell Street seems to have lost a lot of business over the years, especially given the V&A and the current developments in the city.
“We thought that we would try something completely different.
“The real ale that we have here isn’t available anywhere else in the city — it is made in a micro-brewery in Fife.
“There are pubs that offer real ale but what we are doing is completely different — although we will always have Joker IPA because a lot of Cerberus customers loved it.
“Our biggest aim is to get this place back to where it used to be.
“We don’t want to be pretentious or anything like that — we just want people to have a good night.
‘‘It’s a great location because everything else is just a stone’s throw away.”
Alex, who is president of the Tayside branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), said the pub would also be runing a number of regular events.
He said: “We opened last Monday and on the Wednesday we had a vinyl night when we played records that we have picked up in Groucho’s and places like that.
“Customers can also bring in any vinyl records they want played.”
Alex said the pub was also planning to hold pre-Skint nights for students to enjoy before they head up to the students’ union.