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Buzzworks sails into Inverclyde with new marina restaurant

Ayrshire hospitality group Buzzworks Holdings has announced plans to open its fourth flagship Scotts restaurant at the new Greenock Cruise Ship Visitor Centre.

Employing 70 people, the restaurant will be the family-owned group’s first venture in Inverclyde and its 15th venue overall, following on the recent opening of live music bar The Fox in Troon.

The new £19.2 million cruise ship visitor centre is supported by UK and Scottish government investment through the Glasgow City Region Deal and is being delivered by Inverclyde Council. Buzzworks is investing a “seven-figure sum” in the new 150-cover restaurant which will be designed by Jim Hamilton featuring a open air rooftop terrace.

Due to open by the end of this year, the venue joins Scotts of Troon and Largs as well as the group’s newest Scotts based at South Queensferry.

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“Having been in the pipeline for over three years, this is another significant step forward in our continued growth strategy as we continue to branch out from our historical base in Ayrshire,” Buzzworks managing director Kenny Blair said.

“We pride ourselves on the delicious food, excellent cocktails and world class service our venues provide to customers, so it’s an exciting time for the business as Buzzworks extends its portfolio further and takes Scotts to Greenock. We can’t wait to begin fitting out the venue to showcase our take on stylish costal escapism and look forward to finally opening our doors to both the local community and visitors alike.”

The dedicated Greenock cruise ship visitor centre will feature a museum paying tribute to the late artist George Wylie, who worked as a customs officer in Greenock and lived in Gourock for many years, along with a dedicated arrival and departures hall for the many cruise ships that dock in the area.

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The development is expected to increase visitor numbers to 150,000 a year and provide a £26m boost to the Scottish economy.

Councillor Stephen McCabe, leader of Inverclyde Council, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Buzzworks and their famous Scotts brand on board for the restaurant space within the new Greenock cruise ship visitor centre.

“This will not only bring a quality operator to Inverclyde and significant inward investment into the local economy but will also deliver a large number of jobs to the area.”

Headed by Mr Blair, who runs the business along with brother Colin and sister Alison, Kilmarnock-headquartered Buzzworks’ portfolio includes the Scotts restaurants, Lido in Prestwick and Troon, and establishments trading under various other names in Ayr, Kilmarnock, Stewarton, Kilwinning, Bridge of Weir and Linlithgow.

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