Plans to open a Mediterranean restaurant in an empty city centre unit have been delayed.
Mohamed Abdelaziz, his business partner Deimante Sipilaite, 21, and her fiance Eimantas Sleinius, 22, had hoped to open their Middle Eastern-infused restaurant at the site of the former KFC on the High Street.
The unit has lain empty since last year, after the fast food chicken restaurant moved to the Murraygate.
The restaurant would serve homemade Egyptian, Lebanese and Syrian healthy homemade unprocessed food, according to the developers.
They say the venture would create at least 12 new jobs.
Mohamed, 37, from Ardler, said as well as providing a new eating experience, the business would donate money for homeless groups and provide a foodbank service using their own food.
He added: “We want to help people, because we know what it is like, especially now. We’ve got goals and really good concepts.”
However, plans hit a snag after building society Nationwide appeared to put a stop on them accessing their cash.
Mohamed and Deimante said that in November they went into the Reform Street branch to transfer £40,000 from Deimante’s account to give to their lawyer for the lease.
Mohamed said: “As soon as we left the bank we noticed the account was blocked. They said they needed five days to investigate.
“The money was for the deposit for the lease. We don’t know what to do. On what grounds are they holding the money? It’s scary. We have been borrowing just to eat. Because of this we have lost more than £300,000.”
They had originally planned to open up in time for Christmas.
Mohamed added: “My friend and her fiance are being kicked out of their house. We had to go to the Lily Walker Centre to find them a place.”
A Nationwide spokeswoman said: “We are unable to provide any details. We continue to work with the customer to try to find a solution.”