The Reading Rooms (it’s been the name above the door since 1908!) over the past 15 years built a stellar world wide reputation amongst the cognoscenti of the underground. It focussed on accentuating and reinforcing the quality of the music played at what is an amazing venue both architecturally and for acoustics.
However plans to invest to upscale the venue by the former tenants have faltered due to causal financial and operational issues and there is now an option for an operator to develop the added value service offerings that would allow the Reading Rooms to continue either as Nightclub or a Casual Dining/Music venue.
This investment would also see the extensive Garden Area refurbished to include an integral external kitchen set up, supported by a prep area, which will make use of previously redundant library book storage area. And when completed it will be the only authentic open Garden Space (very dog friendly) in the City Centre.
And will then allow the Reading Rooms to cater for people at key times during the day, at nights and also at weekends And also for new customers who are now visiting the surrounding amenities now open and trading.
There has seen an investment upsurge within the immediate vicinity; the major Indigo Hotel and Staybridge Apartments have just opened across the road with a further Leisure Development envisaged.
Also a 200 Dwelling Housing Development is waiting a start date within 100M and the Reading Rooms is the first and last Café/Bar for each of these.
Also adjacent is the Gallagher Retail Park and the Dundee Leisure Centre. So the development potential for the area is therefore extremely positive in the medium to longer term with more Housing and Leisure Developments planned. And there is an opportunity to add a 1 or 2 storey extension subject to Planning.