Fifteen new jobs have been created in the Borders as a result of the opening of the Borders Railway.
Following the success of the Grapevine restaurant launched in Selkirk last year, the Grapevine Galashiels was opened in the town’s Douglas Bridge last week.
Owners Will Haegeland and Trond Dalby, who also run the County Hotel in Selkirk, are hopeful the venture will create more good jobs in the future and that it will continue to make a valuable contribution to the tourism sector in the region by capitalising on the opportunities the railway has brought to the Borders.
The new jobs include head chef Jonny Street, Junior Borders Chef of the Year,deputy manager Simeon Siroky, chef de parties Susan Kay and Bruce McLaren and senior guest service host Alison
Alison said: “We are absolutely delighted with the response that we have had since opening the Grapevine in Galashiels last week.
“We have had lovely feedback from customers who have been enjoying the fact that they can come in for a coffee and a scone during the day to enjoying a cocktail or dinner after work or stopping by for brunch at the weekend. This is a really exciting time for the town and the Borders as a whole and we look forward to playing our part and welcoming local people and visitors to the restaurant in the future”.