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Monday, 16 December 2019

The former Lucky 7 premises on John Finnie Street in Kilmarnock has revealed its new identity as a classic all-day café bar called The Duke – set to open in January.

Its name is inspired by the railway line that used Scotland’s first ever steam locomotive which was acquired by the Duke of Portland to transport coal from Kilmarnock to Troon Harbour.

The Duke, operated by family-owned business Buzzworks, will serve breakfast, brunch and dinner in relaxed surroundings as well as offering hand roasted artisan coffee, a takeaway and late-night bar service.

Renovation works are currently underway to refresh the interior of the venue under the guidance of design guru Jim Hamilton. Some of the new additions include cosy sofas, a marble bar and eclectic one-off pieces of furniture gathered from Jim’s travels across Europe.

Buzzworks, which has been named consecutively for four years in Sunday Times Best Companies to Work for, is spearheading a recruitment drive to fill around 20 vacancies across various roles at The Duke including bar and kitchen staff.

Kenny Blair, Buzzworks Holdings MD, said: “Kilmarnock is at the heart of our plans and we’re passionate about investing in the local community by operating venues that everyone can enjoy. Launching The Duke is a definitive part of this exciting chapter.

“We are looking for talented people to join us in providing world class hospitality to our customers - synonymous with Buzzworks venues. The new recruits will join some of the existing team from Lucky 7 and training will be ongoing ahead of the opening in January.”

Anyone looking to apply or find out more about the vacancies at The Duke or any other Buzzworks venue should email their CV to vivien.bryan@buzzworksholdings.com.

Buzzworks currently operates The Long House on Titchfield Street and is in the process of moving its Head Office premises from Prestwick to Grange Street which will feature a world-class training academy.



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About Buzzworks Holdings

Buzzworks Holdings is one of Scotland’s fastest growing independent restaurant and bar operators, managing twelve prestigious venues across Ayrshire and beyond with over 500 staff.

The award-winning company offers an aspirational dining and entertainment experience through four stylish brands – Scotts, House, Lido & Vic’s & The Vine - bringing in an annual turnover of over £18m.

Buzzworks Holdings believes in investing in its people, providing industry leading training and a forward thinking approach to work life balance for every member of staff.  It is currently ranked within The Sunday Times Best 100 Best Companies to work for in the UK.

Having appeared in The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work for the past three years, the family run business has already invested over £130,000 in training staff across the portfolio this year alone, and it’s hoped that the new Buzzworks centre of excellence will provide the benchmark for hospitality training across Scotland when it opens later in the year.

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