Published: 11/05/2014 15:00 - Updated: 09/05/2014 10:45

Hope for Elgin Library cafe

A FORMER café owner has expressed an interest in taking over the Elgin Library Café.

However, the facility may still close at the end of May, with Moray Council saying that it may invite new tenders for the café.

Ian Duncan, who used to run the Quaich in Fochabers, the Broken Fiddle in Banff and the Tasty Bite in Elgin, has had tentative discussions with the council.

“I am keen to take it on. A lot of people use the café, and it would be a shame to see it close,” he said.

Mr Duncan had hoped to have taken over the café in time to prevent it closing before the end of May, but that now looks unlikely.

“I am willing to keep the staff on. The money is not a problem,” added Mr Duncan.

The café employs four members of staff.

A spokesman for Moray Council said: “The council carried out a formal tendering process, inviting bids from parties interested in taking over the running of the café. The deadline expired on January 31, by which point no bids had been submitted.

“Since that time, the council has received a number of informal enquiries, in the light of which the council may consider retendering the café in due course.”

The council has also been looking for a private enterprise to take on the café at Forres House Community Centre, which employs two people.

The café at Elgin Community Centre has been taken over by Campbell’s Bakery of Lossiemouth.

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