A younger businessman who was on the verge of signing the lease on his first premises has needed to put his plans on maintain through the coronavirus restrictions.
23-year-old Ross Mackay, from Inverness, mentioned he’s nonetheless eager to get his vegan cafe and music-lovers venue open, however admits he does not know when it could be.
Ross is certainly one of plenty of individuals who have shared the story of what their life is like in lockdown with the Highland Information and Media group, the publishers of The Inverness Courier.
Ross moved to the world 4 years in the past from Essex, the place he was born and introduced up, to work as a rafting teacher.
Since transferring to the world he has established a extremely considered DJ membership night time and he and his enterprise companion Alan MacIntosh had set their sights on a restaurant they’re going to name Deja Brew.
As Ross explains, issues had been going effectively, till the coronavirus restrictions struck.
He mentioned: “We had been about to signal a lease on a former Italian restaurant in Inverness, and we had been going to open a vegan cafe.
“However all our plans are actually on maintain, as we do not know what will probably be like after the restrictions are lifted.
“We wished our place to be a restaurant and takeaway that might supply folks a substitute for quick meals locations within the night and night time instances within the metropolis.”
Ross had been engaged on the plans as he travelled the world.
He mentioned: “I went to Australia and Tasmania and realised that what we had been lacking again residence in Inverness was cafe tradition. So we had been hoping to open a late night time espresso store within the Excessive Avenue. The premises we now have been taking a look at was excellent for that, with a pleasant little space exterior that could possibly be used for folks to take a seat on the road and revel in watching life go by.
“Not that we had finalised our plans, however we hoped that we would be capable to have some night acts performing within the cafe, with DJ units and even some late night time comedy.
“However that’s all on maintain for now.”
Within the meantime, Ross has moved again residence to dwell together with his dad and mom in Nairn. He mentioned: “Now we have obtained it a lot simpler than they’ve in different components of the nation, and there may be loads of house to get out and to benefit from the countryside. It’s fairly totally different within the south. So we’re profiting from it.
“My girlfriend, Karen Lindsay, and I’ve needed to go onto Common Credit score, so it’s not an ideal state of affairs, however hopefully it is not going to be for lengthy, and we’ll get again on observe.”
Through the lockdown, Ross and two mates, Adam Fairbairn and Zoe Williams, who’ve a house music studio, have been growing one other challenge, Family.
The identify, which Ross agrees may be very appropriate for the lockdown, happened whereas he was sitting in a carpark ready for his girlfriend.
He mentioned: “I used to be parked up ready at Morrisons in Inverness once I seemed throughout the street and there’s a furnishings store. It has enormous indicators within the window for home goods, and I realised that it was simply the correct identify for our membership nights.
“The membership nights are for people who find themselves into music like electronia, some disco, pulse and love stream. I do not suppose there may be the rest prefer it within the space, so it makes excellent sense to have common assembly.”
The primary, and up to now solely, membership night time was held on March 22, and greater than 70 folks got here out to see DJ Liam Doc. We employed the room above The Gellions and we had been actually happy with the way it went. In fact the opposite dates we had deliberate have now needed to be placed on maintain.”
The group are having common on-line variations of the membership night time on-line, particulars could be discovered on the group’s Fb web page at https://www.fb.com/HouseholdHighlands.
However they’d plans to take the music all around the Highlands together with an occasion deliberate in Thurso.
Family’s on-line DJ night time on Might 15 will elevate much-needed funds for the Samaritans in Inverness.
Ross mentioned: “My dad is a volunteer there and I understand how very important and vital the work is.”
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