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Bute Yard to open in Summer

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By Cameron Middleton
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Bute Yard to open in Summer

Despite information on the construction site on Rothesay High Street being limited for some time, it is now confirmed that Bute Yard will open this summer.

Some locals across the community have asked the Isle of Bute News if there was any information regarding the building construction which is taking place on High Street in Rothesay, adjacent to the Isle of Bute Gin distillery.

It can now be confirmed that the construction of Bute Yard, a commercial hub for the island, will be completed by Summer this year.

The Bute Yard project is a partnership between the Bute family and the Isle of Bute Gin Company, who are aiming to create a flexible commercial space on Bute that will benefit the whole community. From food and drink to live music and events, this will be a space for collaboration in the heart of Rothesay, a vibrant hub for locals and tourists to enjoy what Bute has to offer, whilst providing Bute based food and drink producers an opportunity to create or expand their physical presence on the island.

A spokesperson from the project passed over further information, including a details on the history of the original idea. They said: “The project was spearheaded by Johnny Bute, who was heavily involved in developing the original concept in 2019, following scoping and feasibility reports commissioned by Bute Island Alliance to identify local needs. The Bute family hopes Bute Yard will be part of his lasting legacy – a testament to his dedication to the island.

“Johnny’s concept for the Yard was to combine modern thinking and entrepreneurship with the nostalgic heart and rich history of the Isle of Bute; the Bute family are honouring this vision by continuing to drive this important project forward.”

Utilising both interior and exterior spaces, Bute Yard is set to include a gin distillery, bar, pop-up café facilities, and flexible event space which will be open for business year-round. The space will also facilitate the return of Bute Brew Co, a craft brewery based in Rothesay that sadly closed its doors a few years ago.

It has been advised that the initial phase of the project is due to be completed in the summer, with the Isle of Bute Gin Company settled into their dedicated distillery and bar space in June. The main event space is scheduled to be completed and available hire from July.