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Elgin pub Midas set to close doors for final time after 13 years


By Jonathan Clark

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Elgin pub Midas is set to close its doors for the final time in December. Picture: Eric Cormack
Elgin pub Midas is set to close its doors for the final time in December. Picture: Eric Cormack

ELGIN pub Midas is set to close its doors for the final time in December.

The pub, which has been open for more than 13 years, has seen its capacity restricted to just ten visitors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On top of that, the jukebox and pool table at the pub on Lossie Wynd have both been sidelined for the time being, reducing income and meaning running the business is no longer financially viable.

Owner Michelle Newlands and her daughter Danielle work in the pub together and are the only members of staff.

Mrs Newlands announced the decision to close the bar, which won the Northern Scot's pub of the year award in 2008, at the start of the week.

She wrote on social media: "Unfortunately, Midas will be closing its doors in December. What day I'm not sure, but we will definitely be closing I'm afraid.

"We will miss you all and are thankful for your custom and support over the years we have been open, but facing facts we cannot continue.

"For anyone wondering what we will do, well let's say we will be fine and don't worry – we have got to go with flow."

Speaking to the Northern Scot, Michelle said she hoped to see out Christmas.

"It depends on finances, if there is another lockdown and restrictions occurring, but I'm hoping to see out Christmas for the regulars," she said.

"A lot of them are gutted but there is not much I can do. I've got to think with my head and not my heart. I would keep it open if I could.

"The regulars will be missed by us and will miss the pub a lot.

"Everybody is accepted and nobody is judged so there is a fair mixture of customers that feel at home here.

"I hope wherever is open after the pandemic welcomes and accepts them as new customers."

The future is uncertain for both Michelle and her daughter Danielle but she wished to thank the customers for the good times they have had since 2007.

She added: "I have made good friends and I'm sure they would say the same about me. We have had good times.

"I just want to say thanks to everyone that has been coming here, that has stepped in the doors over the last 14 years, and wish all the best to the rest of the pubs. I hope they can survive and carry on."

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