By Angela Green
Aberdeen’s Union Street has been spiced up by an investment of more than £1.5 million through the opening of a fusion casual dining experience.
Gidi Grill opened its doors in the heart of the city last year with a distinctive West African, Caribbean inspired fusion cuisine and creating more than 20 jobs in the process.
Already well known for the original Gidi Grill in Dundee which opened in 2018 and now employs 50 people, the completion of the Aberdeen project represents not only a significant commitment to the city centre but also a major scaling up of the dynamic business which prides itself on using local produce wherever possible.
The Union Street building had previously lain empty for several years and the shot-in-the-arm from owners Mobolaji Adeniyi and Eniola Odejayi also included the refurbishment by SIR Joinery, Balmedie of the landmark golden boot which has hung outside the former Jones the Bootmaker and Milne & Munro premises for over a century.
Commenting on their investment in Aberdeen city centre, Mobolaji Adeniyi said: “Our investment in Union Street demonstrates just what can be done to grow the culinary landscape of the city centre in new and exciting ways. We hope that others will be inspired to help breathe new life into this part of the city.”
Eniola Odejayi added: “By taking a successful Dundee business and expanding it into Aberdeen, we are delighted to add something new and fresh to the city’s hospitality offering. The combination of our restaurant and recently completely rental apartments ensures a diversified income stream and we now look to the future with confidence and optimism.”