A Perthshire takeaway chain has opened a third outlet in the area – taking over a restaurant that was forced to close this summer.
Must Eat has moved to the former Blasta restaurant in Stanley, where it will serve fish and chips, pizza and burgers.
Owner Laeeq Rehman opened his first takeaway restaurant in 2015 on Methven Street in Perth.
He has since opened a second outlet in Aberfeldy.
Blasta closed in July after owner David Barnett said he picked “the worst time in history to open a business”.
The fish and chips has faced issues such as Covid, staff shortages and the cost of living crisis.
Laeeq admits he’s worried about Must Eat’s performance in its new location – but hopes to win support from Stanley locals.
He said: “We are concerned about the cost of living – we have seen a big difference in our other activities over the last year.
Must Eat boss: Owning a business is a gamble
“Owning a business is a gamble, it will work or it won’t.
“If you don’t try, you won’t know if it’s going to work.
“We hope we will have a lot of support. People messaged us on Facebook saying they were thrilled and wanted to help because it’s a small village and they want a local chip shop and business there.
Laeeq – who has run several charitable ventures through Must Eat – says he took advice from former owner David.
He added: “I asked him a few questions: what he found difficult and what were the main problems in getting into things.
“He’s been very helpful – he’s a great guy, but sometimes it’s not the right time for people.
“Tough for takeaways to survive in the current climate”
“It is difficult to survive in the current climate. With the energy crisis and rising bills, this is having a very big impact on the industry.
“Sometimes people think we’re raising costs for profit, but that’s not the case.
“We don’t know what will happen to us but we are trying to stay positive, the only thing you can do is give your 100 per cent.”
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