Around 60 jobs will be created next week in Broughty Ferry with the re-opening of one of the town’s former entertainment hot spots.
Pub operator JD Wetherspoon will officially open the doors to the refurbished Jolly’s Hotel, Gray Street, on Tuesday.
The company has spent £2.23 million re-developing the Gray Street premises, which has been recorded as Jolly’s Hotel as early as 1861.
Situated just 100 metres from the Tay estuary the hotel was named after proprietor John Jolly.
He is first recorded in the Dundee Post Office Directory for 1850/1, where he is described as a ‘spirit dealer’ in Gray Street.
Jolly’s Hotel is first mentioned by name in the 1861 directory and John Jolly was the proprietor until 1871.
New manager for Jolly’s Hotel, Chris Bankier said: “Myself and my team are looking forward to welcoming customers into the pub and we are confident that it will be a great addition to the Broughty Ferry community.”
Photos, local history, commissioned artwork and information boards relating to events, history and characters of the area will be displayed in the pub.
The new pub will be open from 7 a.m. until 12 midnight Sunday to Thursday and 7 a.m. until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Food will be served throughout the day, until 11 p.m. every day.
Jolly’s Hotel will specialise in real ales, serving a wide range of beers, including those from local and regional brewers.
Children, accompanied by an adult, will be welcome in the pub until 8 p.m. throughout the week. As a condition on the licence, both the adult and child (babies and toddlers excepted) must order a meal, if the adult wishes to consume alcohol.
The pub will be wheelchair accessible and have a specially-adapted toilet for people with disabilities.
The new-look pub will feature one bar, an open kitchen and a courtyard beer garden, to the side of the premises, where smoking will be permitted in a designated area.
The hotel, which is set over two floors, has 25 bedrooms, including two disabled, one single, two twin and one inter-linking family room, all with modern conveniences as standard.