Fans of red meat may be left salivating at the prospect, but a new steak house is poised to open in what was once Monty’s Bistro.
Work is underway to breathe new life into the Mounthooly Street eatery which closed its doors earlier this year. Plans are underway to open the attraction under the simple name The Steak House once renovations are complete.
The venture, which is being undertaken by Ian Anderson of Anderson Butchers, should herald a new dining experience for the isles, which have never before hosted a steak house.
It follows the takeover by Anderson’s of the Globe butcher’s in Lerwick’s Commercial Road.
The deal means Anderson’s will supply The Steak House with local produce sourced through a family arrangement with producers GB & AM Anderson.
Mr Anderson jumped at the chance to take over Monty’s after its chef and owner, Raymond Smith, decided to leave the business in April.
“For a long time I had been thinking about having a steak house. I’d just got the Globe, got the job done there and finished, and I saw Raymond had closed this place,” he said.
“I was just wondering what I was going to do once I’d got the Globe done. One followed on from the other, really.”
He said nothing “hard and fast” had been decided about when the new attraction would open. But he hoped to see the first customers being shown to their tables by the beginning of November.
In the meantime, Mr Anderson said a lot of people were looking forward to the prospect of eating in Shetland’s very first dedicated steak joint.
“There’s always been speak of somebody going to open one over the years and nobody ever did,” he said.
“There seems to be a lot of feedback and talk already. There seems to be a lot of folk looking forward to it. And we’ve already had folk phoning and wondering when we’re going to be taking bookings.
“We work with my uncles at GB and AM Anderson. All the local beef is finished and supplied for the butchery through them, so we’ll just take it through another stage and put it on the plate.”
Running the kitchen will be chef manager Ryan Wright, who is looking forward to the prospect of living out his passion for good food.
• More in Friday’s Shetland Times.