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The Northern Scot

IMAGE: Daniel Forsyth – Northern Scot

A smokehouse grill is being proposed for Elgin by the team behind a new community benefit scheme.

The Unorthodox Project hopes to create opportunities for disadvantaged groups within communities to gain access to SVQs in the hospitality sector.

The team behind the plan has identified a venue on Wards Road for their smokehouse grill vision, which would serve in-house smoked meats and cocktails, and hold a maximum 350 people.

The meat would be smoked in the rear garden, while indoors two concrete pour bars would span almost the entire length of the venue. It is envisaged that at weekends the venue will promote live bands and DJs.

The board behind the proposal has held initial change-of-use discussions with Moray Council to determine the project’s suitability.

They have also discussed the terms of lease with the landlord, had the venue assessed, and have created a video representation and floor plans.