Finally, after eighteen months in the making Mr Singh’s restaurant has opened in Alloa Town Centre.
Last Wednesday saw the fantastically designed eatery almost burst at the seams with around two hundred guests wined, dined and entertained.
No expense was spared with canapes and champagne to get the evening started followed by the Indian cuisine that Mr Singh’s has become famous for.
TV celebrity Neil Oliver, a regular at Mr Singh’s Stirling restaurant officially opened the new restaurant commenting that he ‘has eaten in restaurants across the globe and has yet to taste food better prepared than that at Mr Singh’s’.
Rajinder Singh didn’t just happen upon Alloa however, the entire process way back in February 2011 came about through the ‘Imagine Alloa – Better for Business’ campaign.
Whilst looking to find premises for a new restaurant Mr Singh’s was looking to Edinburgh City Centre when his business advisor John Pryde of Brand Income engaged in dialogue with the Imagine Alloa team.
Mr Pryde told us – “Alloa was not on our radar as a location in the short term, however when the vacant unit at the Old Brewery site was brought to our attention by Imagine Alloa I advised Mr Singh’s that this site and Alloa as a location could offer tremendous scope for growth given its road and rail links to surrounding towns and cities.”
Following those early discussions Rajinder Singh visited the site at the former Maclays Brewery and immediately recognised the potential of having one of his restaurants in Alloa Town Centre, Mr Singh told us “I acted on Brand Income’s advice that Alloa and this location could offer an ideal platform to deliver on our expansion plans and with the support from Kevin and his team at Imagine Alloa – this provided us with an element of comfort and assurance that we could get this project off the ground”.
“I am delighted that we are now open for business and I look forward to meeting the good people of Clackmannanshire and sincerely hope they will enjoy Mr Singh’s Alloa.”
Imagine Alloa – Better for Business is a project run by Clacksfirst Business Improvement District and is funded through Clackmannanshire Business and both Clackmannanshire BIDs. The aim is to attract investment into Clackmannanshire through projecting all that is positive about our county.
Kevin Deighan, Clacksfirst Business Improvement District and Project Manager of Imagine Alloa told us “This is probably the biggest story of the campaign however we have had other success in attracting businesses to our business parks and industrial estates.”
“We should also take into account that not only has Mr Singh’s invested in his new restaurant and fantastic fit out he has consciously made the effort to use local businesses throughout the process. This is evidenced in the fact that Machin Associates was the architect on the restaurant whilst Marshall Construction did the conversion from a retail unit to the stunning restaurant we now have in Alloa.”
Mr Singh’s Alloa restaurant truly is a sight to behold and is unmissable from Mill Road and Tesco’s car park. We recommend you take a look for yourself and whilst there check out the fantastic twist in the artwork celebrating the Mulholland and Scott sculptures in and around Clackmannanshire.
This is one of the many projects in which Imagine Alloa has managed to create more and more jobs for people in Clackmannanshire. In fact we helped to create over 50 jobs last year alone.