Restaurant plans return after 'severe damage' from 'devastating' fire

Kushi's Restaurant has put forward a planning application for repair works following April's fire.

Dunfermline restaurant plans return after ‘severe damage’ from ‘devastating’ fire LDRS

Dunfermline’s long-standing Kushi’s Restaurant is looking to make a return after a devastating fire earlier this year.

April’s blaze broke out above the Canmore Street eatery and caused “severe damage” to the building in the city centre. The restaurant has since been closed for business, but a planning application has now been put forward to start the repair works.

Riaz Mohammed, the building and restaurant owner, has asked Fife Council for permission for the “reinstatement and alterations to the fire damaged building at 1 Canmore Street.”

Located within the city’s conservation area, Kushi’s Restaurant is a long been established Scottish eatery.

Khushi’s has operated as a business since 1947, when they opened their first restaurant on Victoria Street in Edinburgh.

The damage to the first floor of Kushi's restaurant.LDRS

The Dunfermline restaurant opened at 1 Canmore Street in 2008. Prior to the restaurant, the building was known as St Margaret’s Hotel and pub.

However, the C-listed building is in need of significant repairs before it can come back into use.

In June, Mr Mohammed revealed that the roof and supporting beams were destroyed in the fire and the third floor of the building was completely gutted.

“The second floor of the restaurant has heavy damage from both the blaze and the water used to put it out. The ground floor, although spared the fire, has suffered extensive water damage and sadly there is very little that is salvageable,” a post on Kushi’s Facebook page continued.

“There’s no question, this will be a long road to recovery but every journey starts with the first steps and to know we are recovering with your support makes all the difference. We remain positive and thankful as we start down the road ahead.”

The planning application also noted that temporary scaffolding is still in place to the north gable wall to help stabilise the chimney wall.

The entrance to Kushi's restaurant following the fire.LDRS

The planning application is relatively straightforward. It is essentially seeking to return the building to its original use.

Externally, the roof would be rebuilt to match the existing except for two new windows on the roof. The first floor dummy window openings will also be re-constructed.

No other external alterations are proposed to the property.

Internally, the restaurant will be much smaller than before, if the planning application is approved.

Before the fire, the four floor building was broken into multiple uses. The basement was used for restaurant storage; the ground and first floors were used for the restaurant; and the second and third floors were residential.

However, the planning application would see the residential areas expanded to include the first floor, and the restaurant area would subsequently be reduced.

“Planning permission is sought for a change of use for the first floor and part of the ground floor to allow the construction of residential flats, with the remainder of the ground floor being developed as a smaller Class 3 Restaurant to replace the existing one damaged by fire,” a planning statement said.

Fife Council will consider the application and make a decision in due course.

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