Japanese restaurant

From shoes to sushi… a Japanese restaurant is taking off in Galashiels

The former Rogerson’s Shoe Shop in Galashiels’ High Street will soon be a Japanese restaurant.

The Scottish Borders Council has approved the Okome restaurant, which will also incorporate a takeaway service, in the former premises of Thomas Rogerson and Sons at 38-40 High Street.

The outlet has been vacant for some time and Don Bennett of Glasgow-based Bennett Developments and Consulting, the claimant’s agent, said the restaurant would provide a “new dining and dining experience” for the city.

Mr Bennett added: “Externally the most visible change to the building will be the construction of a new storefront at No 40.

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“This will entail the removal of the existing 70s style facade and the creation of a more traditional facade with a full height glass window and riser, and door to match No 38.

“At the rear of the property there will be a state of the art exhaust duct which will ventilate the kitchen and ensure that no smoke, smell or heat will impact residential amenities.

“The development will see an existing vacant property on a prominent High Street location renovated and repurposed to provide a new wine and dining experience.

“The new restaurant will be a welcome addition to the other restaurants in town and will liven up this part of the main street, especially on dark evenings and nights when the glare of light from the windows illuminates the sidewalk, contributing to the sense of safety and security so essential if the city is to benefit from a nocturnal economy.

The opening hours of the site will be Sunday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight.