However, the move is understood to be a temporary one while new management is secured for the venture.
The website for The Laird’s House, which had described it as “a wonderful, unique place by the Riverside in Blairgowrie” that “offers a great mix of high quality food and retail” now simply states that the restaurant “is no longer under the ownership of Charlie Shentall”, who was one of three shareholders understood to be involved in the venture.
Speaking to the Blairie, landlord of the Lower Mill Street premises, Roy Sim, said: “My understanding is that the shareholders are in talks with new management, that key staff are still on board and that they are looking to re-open as soon as possible.
“The restaurant had received many good reviews for its food. This is an excellent business model for Blairgowrie, a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of the town as a quality tourism destination and I am sure that normal service will resume.”
At the end of last week the shutters were down at the restaurant and retail outlet. Menu blackboards remained up outside the restaurant but much of the furniture from inside had been removed. Some of the retailers who sold their products in the retail part had also removed their stock.
One local businessman said: “If this venture works, it is a really good idea that could benefit Blairgowrie. It is in everyone’s interests to see it re-open and become a success.”
Described as a “unique retail and dining experience” before its opening, the Laird’s House saw local craftspeople selling their wares alongside the restaurant element of the business. It was also touted as part of the regeneration of the town, and an example to businesses of the opportunities available.