Jobs boost for bar and restaurant workers in Edinburgh

Jobs boost for bar and restaurant workers as leading on-trade figure joins visionary food marketplace venture Bonnie & Wild.

Amid the continuing gloomy outlook for much of the country’s on-trade, Edinburgh’s first food and drink marketplace has begun recruitment for its new site at the St James Quarter, due to open in spring 2021.

Bonnie & Wild, headed up by CEO Charlie McAlpine, has already appointed the well known bar operator and on-trade consultant Ryan Barrie.

Now the business has begun the process of recruiting for its flagship Scottish Marketplace, which will comprise eight restaurants, four retail outlets, and three bars that will show off the “best of Scotland’s larder”. Bonnie & Wild confirmed that licences for the premises have already been granted.

The jobs, currently advertised on, list a general manager vacancy with roles for the senior team comprising duty managers and bar managers to follow in the next few weeks. Once the senior management team is in place, Bonnie & Wild said it will be recruiting for more than 50 posts, including bar and other front of house staff.

Mr Barrie said: “This is the first wave of jobs for this fantastic and unique space that will show off the best of Scotland’s larder. Alongside the three bars showing off the breadth of Scotland’s brewing and distilling excellence will be eight food concessions from some popular names known for the quality and excellence of their produce.”

The four retail spaces will comprise a butcher’s, fishmonger’s, bakery and bottleshop.

Mr Barrie added: “We’re now putting together our senior management team and hoping to have all those positions filled by January with the recruitment for the wider teams following soon after that.”

Mr Barrie, who now operates the A&R Management business, led the launch of well known bars including Glasgow’s Spiritualist and Citation bars as well as The Boathouse in Kilsyth, said: “I’m personally all too aware of the very difficult circumstances that people and businesses within the on-trade are facing right now. I’m therefore feeling deeply excited to be part of the Bonnie & Wild Marketplace project. As well as creating jobs, the Marketplace will provide a number of Scottish food and beverage businesses the opportunity to be part of the exciting new St James Quarter."

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