Granary fire: Restaurant in Christmas meal vow

The Granary was the site of a fire. Picture: Toby Williams

The Granary was the site of a fire. Picture: Toby Williams

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A popular restaurant whose kitchen was gutted by fire is working to ensure no customer goes without their Christmas dinner.

The Granary restaurant on The Shore had to be evacuated after a fire broke out in the kitchen on Saturday night and quickly spread to the roof.

More than 30 firefighters attended the blaze, with some remaining on the scene until Sunday morning.

And after assessing the damage to the property bosses at the restaurant, which is owned by G1 Group, sprang into action yesterday to ensure those who had booked over Christmas and New Year were not left out in the cold.

In a statement they said: “We would like to offer a huge and heartfelt thanks to Fire Scotland and Police Scotland for all their efforts throughout the night in the challenging weather conditions.

“We are currently working to determine a time frame for reopening. The damage is confined mainly to the top floor kitchen area and the roof space so we are hopeful the pub will be back open soon so that we can say hello again to our loyal regulars. It will take a bit longer to get the kitchen back up and running and because of that we are now in the process of contacting every festive and Hogmanay booking we have in order to fully update you, and promise to do everything we can to relocate your party to a suitable alternative venue. Finally, many thanks to our neighbouring residents and businesses who have been extremely kind, supportive and generous in their offers of help throughout a tough weekend.”

A spokeswoman for G1 said that extra sittings were likely to be provided at other G1 venues in the Capital such as The Ghillie Dhu and The Murrayfield Hotel to accommodate those who had booked Christmas dinner at The Granary.

Brojan Reid, 22, who lives in Leith and works for Lloyds Banking Group, had booked a meal for a party of three at Hogmanay.

She said: “The Granary got in touch to say that while they will be open they won’t be serving food and would refund the cost of our meal. We’re still going to go along – we’re just happy no-one was hurt.”

Local Green councillor Chas Booth said he hoped the establishment would be “back to normal service soon”.

He said: “I’m glad nobody was hurt, and pay tribute to the work of the emergency services, but it’s sad to hear of the negative impact it will have on business. This is especially true since this is usually the busiest time of the year for the hospitality industry. I hope the staff at The Granary are able to get back to normal service soon.”