10th April 2020
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The String to close in ‘next few weeks’

Ready for action before the launch of The String (from left) Neil Riddell, Magnus Stout, Matthew Adam and Akshay Borge. Photo: Dave Donaldson

The directors of the cafe bar The String have announced “with some reluctance” that they intend to cease trading in the next few weeks.

Directors Akshay Borges and Neil and Kelly Riddell said they were devastated, in particular for the permanent staff facing redundancy as a result, and thanked them for their hard work during the company’s time in business.

While The String is a limited liability company, the directors have pledged to use their own resources to ensure all outstanding sums owed to creditors are met “in full”.

The String opened its doors on Lerwick’s Commercial Street in August 2018 and will vacate the building on 31st March.

The intention is to trade out until as close to that date as possible.

Chef and director Akshay Borges outside The String on Lerwick’s Commercial Street. Photo: Dave Donaldson

It is understood staff were told at the start of this week that the business would close.

In a joint statement, the three directors said they had reached a decision on Sunday having spent recent months looking at possible alternatives to closure.

Kelly said: “Neil and I ended up taking on a much greater level of involvement than initially anticipated, and ultimately that has not proved compatible with raising two infant children.

“We are clear that our family is where our primary focus must lie, and were not in a position to make the substantial additional investments necessary to ensure the business continued to thrive.

“We are very sorry that decision ultimately means our hard-working staff will lose their jobs. We are fully committed to continuing trading for the next few weeks and would love nothing more than to see The String going out on a high.”

2 comments

  1. Graeme Storey

    Sad news for the staff, and hoping they all find employment soon.

    Really hoping that the award winning head chef, Akshay Borges, can keep doing what he does so well – producing extremely good food using local ingredients!

    Maybe with a new owner and perhaps using the String again ?… or maybe pursuing other ventures, using Shetland’s Seafood especially ?

    Best of luck to all the staff.

    Graeme Storey

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  2. Angela and Charles Clark

    So sad to hear this. We visited The String a few times whilst visiting family last year and intended to come again in May. The food was always of the highest quality and beautifully cooked. Staff were very welcoming. I hope it continues under new ownership.

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