Steadings firm says shutdown only temporary

The Steadings Restaurant
The Steadings Restaurant

The owners of a long-established Kirkcaldy restaurant maintain it will reopen - despite the fact that its staff were all given the sack.

According to posters on its windows, The Steadings on Bennochy Road - which is owned by national company Punch Taverns - is simply closed as it undergoes gas maintenance work.

However, the Press understands The Steadings’ entire team of nine employees were suddenly handed their P45s by local management on Sunday, October 13.

According to a former employee, there had been a wedding on the premises the day before and staff had no inkling they were about to lose their jobs.

In fact, the restaurant had been turning over a healthy trade and had recently taken big bookings for events such as weddings and Christmas meals, making it all the more confusing as to why the business simply folded overnight.

Posters pinned to the restaurant windows told prospective customers the business was temporarily closed to allow for gas maintenance work and would re-open on November 1.

A pre-recorded voicemail message on the firm’s landline provided the same information.

However, the publicised reason for closure has raised hackles .

The ex-employee said: “It’s opening on the first but there’s no problem with the gas!

“As far as I understand, it will be opening again on a month-to-month basis until they [Punch Taverns] get a leaseholder to take it on.”

A spokesman for Punch Taverns declined to comment on the circumstances which led to the closure of the Steadings restaurant.

The company also declined to confirm how many people, if any, had lost their jobs.

Nor would Punch Taverns confirm if any gas works were actually ongoing.

The spokesman said: “The Steadings is temporarily closed and we are looking to reopen as soon as possible with a new operator.”