THE owners of a Scottish bar and restaurant have announced the “difficult decision” to close with immediate effect.

The family run Boat Brae in Newport-On-Tay established itself as a “fun, local hub” since it first opened in 2019.

In a statement released on social media, owners Alan, Moira and Fiona Beaton explained the aftermath of an “extensive” fire in 2022 was partly responsible for their decision to close for good.

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“Since opening our doors in July 2019, we have seen some great successes and created some wonderful dining experiences,” they said.

“These unfortunately, however, were accompanied by a global pandemic and a subsequent economic downturn.

“While consumer habits have changed, the costs of goods and overheads have increased.

“All of this, in combination with challenges posed by local infrastructure and the aftermath of an extensive fire have led us to make this difficult decision.”

All future bookings with the restaurant have been cancelled with immediate effect.

The team has however reassured customers that anyone who holds a valid gift certificate will be reimbursed.

They said: “Regarding any valid gift vouchers, the original purchaser of the voucher will be contacted within 21 days via the email provided at the point of purchase with information on how to claim back the voucher amount.”

The statement added: “We would like to sincerely thank the staff who, over the years, have shown their dedication and hard work at Boat Brae.

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“Everybody played a part in making it the success it was, and we are sure the current team will be sorely missed.

“We wish them all the best in their future careers. We would like to thank the numerous guests who showed such appreciation for the food, location and team – in particular we would like to thank our regulars, who loyally visited us, making it become a fun, local hub.”