Former Devanha Lounge in Aberdeen city centre all set to cater for fast-growing ‘dark kitchen’ market
West Coast Estates has instructed Shepherd Chartered Surveyors to market the former Devanha Lounge premises in Aberdeen city centre for sale or lease.
The landlords consider the premises as ideal for former restaurant chefs and entrepreneurs keen to participate in the growing ‘dark kitchen’ phenomenon that has materialised with the onset of Covid-19.
Also known as a cloud, virtual, remote, commissary and ghost kitchen, unlike a traditional restaurant, a dark kitchen is a professional kitchen that only produces food for delivery. It contains the kitchen equipment and facilities needed to prepare food but has no dining area for customers.
Following the recent letting of the adjoining former popular Ferryhill Tavern to Papa John’s takeaway, the completely refurbished unit to the rear offers an opportunity for an enterprising food delivery operator to secure premises in a well-known city centre location.
The property occupies a prominent position at the Bank Street and South College Street junction. Aberdeen’s railway and bus station are nearby, along while Union Square, one of Aberdeen’s main shopping and leisure destinations, is within easy reach.
Iftikar Mian, director at family-owned Aberdeen-based property investment and development company West Coast Estates, said: “Given the problems that pubs and restaurants have confronted as a result of Covid-19 restrictions, we think these premises would be ideal as a ‘dark kitchen’ to help cater for the surge in demand for home food deliveries.
“Many chefs have been made redundant, unfortunately, but these premises represent a tremendous opportunity for an operator to walk in and start-up a home delivery business. And operators could be up and running for the festive season.
“We consider dark kitchens enabling home delivery operations as the next big frontier in the food service market.”
James Morrison at Shepherd in Aberdeen, added: “We expect this attractive, recently redecorated property in a city centre location surrounded by residential accommodation to appeal to any food delivery operator keen to gain a foothold, or add an additional outlet, in Aberdeen.
“Whilst the property has been granted Class 3 consent, alternative uses could also be possible, subject to planning.”
Offers in excess of £180,000 are invited. Alternatively, a rental of £18,000pa for a period of negotiable length is sought. Interested parties should contact the sole selling and letting agent on tel 01224 202800.
For further information please contact James Morrison at Shepherd Chartered Surveyors on tel 01224 202800.