Cru Holdings plans major reinvestment into Inverness city centre


Bar One on Academy Street in Inverness is set to be transformed by owners Cru Holdings. The company it to close the bar at the end of November and when it re-opens in December, in time for the World Cup final, customers will see the company’s  brand new concept.   All current staff are to be offered positions in the new venue or other Cru Holding properties in Inverness.

The new development follows Cru Holdings’ acquisition of the White House cocktail bar on Union Street last year . The company operates a further six other bars and restaurants in Inverness and Nairn.

Managing director of Cru Holdings, Scott Murray, said, “Bar One was Cru Holdings’ first venue, and we’re incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved there over the last 13 years.

“But as drinking habits change post-pandemic, we know that people are looking for new places to meet and socialise with friends and family. That’s what we are creating with our new concept – a local pub in the heart of the city – that emphasises our core values of quality and affordability.

“We’ll still be serving up world-class cocktails from Academy Street – but we’ll also be shining a spotlight on great beers, wines and spirits, too. Plus we’ll be dishing up some classic traditional pub grub.

“Although it will be difficult to say goodbye to Bar One, we’re incredibly excited for what the next phase will bring.”

“Business is shaped by the ability to adapt and change when needed, and that’s what we’re doing. Right now, customers are looking for a more diverse offering when they go out.

“Alongside stellar food and drink, we want our Academy Street venue to be a hub to meet and socialise; to relax and let your hair down. From sports to live music, karaoke to quiz nights, we’ll be here for the community.

“We’ve got big plans ahead, and will be making more announcements soon. Just know that we’ll definitely be welcoming customers for the World Cup final!”

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