Villagers gathered at the trouble-hit West Wemyss Walk Inn on Friday evening to hear about the board’s plans for the future.
The community venture, which has been run by the West Wemyss Community Trust for the last two and a half years, closed to the public around four weeks ago, with the exception of the cafe, which has continued to run thanks to dedicated volunteers.
A large group of locals attended the meeting, with many questioning how the board of trustees allowed the venture to get to a point where it had to be closed, and some saying it was doomed from the start, as locals were not listened to in the beginning.
It was revealed the Walk Inn has made a loss every year since it opened in 2011 and, although efforts had been made in the past year to pay off debts, thought to be nearly £30,000, it was felt the only solution was to close.
The current board is now calling on locals and any other interested parties to come forward with ideas on how to make use of the building in the future.
Mikko Ramstedt, who led the meeting, said: “We have tried in the last nine months to turn the business around, but nothing worked, and it would have been fraudulent to keep going. But no-one is talking about boarding the windows and locking the doors – the board is just not in a position to run it.”
He added: “We know this hasn’t been a decision that has been liked, but we need to find a way out. We fully agree things could have been done better and we have failed, but we can’t dwell on that now.”
A meeting has been organised for April 30 at 7.00 p.m. at the Walk Inn for those interested in being part of a steering group to set up a pub. A second public meeting will take place on May 2 at 7.00 p.m. in the church hall.
The cafe remains open from Wednesday to Sunday.