American diner to breathe new life into empty spinning mill

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A local couple have announced ambitious plans to convert the currently disused Weensland Function Suite into a retro American-style diner.

Ian and Becca Anderson are the Hawick couple behind a brand new venture which aims to transform the former spinning mill into a funky 1950s burger bar – as well as provide the base for their already thriving VW camper-hire business.

Ian told the Hawick News: “I’ve had the idea for years that I wanted to open a 1950s-style diner, and with retro style being really in especially now, we’ve decided to give it a go.”

The husband and wife team, whose Classic Camper Vans business attracts customers from all over the world, have already signed the lease on the prominent building, and are currently in the process of ripping up old carpets and choosing the decor.

Becca explained: “Everything is still in the very early stages and a bit hectic, but it’s exciting. We’re keeping the dance floor as we hope to have music at weekends, and we’re going to have booths and giant American style murals and pictures of Hollywood legends on the walls.”

The mum-of-two says that although Spinners Diner will have a licensed bar, there will also be a huge emphasis on family – with burgers, milkshakes and slushies, as well as an arcade area.

She added: “We want the diner to be family-orientated, but also somewhere where after a certain time on Saturday night, people can come and 
really enjoy themselves.”

The pair concede that without any previous experience in this area of the hospitality industry, they are going to experiment with different approaches and opening times, until they gauge public opinion, with Ian adding: “At first we will just be dipping our toes in the water, but aim to open on Friday nights, Saturday afternoons and nights, and Sunday afternoons and nights, and if it goes well, a Thursday night too.”

The couple say that the ideal scenario would be to open in time for Christmas, but they are keen not to rush in a bid to ensure “they get it right”.

But after promoting the venture on Facebook this week, the diner had already attracted more than 500 ‘Likes’ from members of the public, so it appears that they have certainly struck a cord with potential local customers.

Mr and Mrs Anderson have plans to hire a full-time chef, and aim to both gain the relevant qualifications needed to run a food and drink establishment. They will also require at least four waitresses.

Becca addedd: “We’re nervous but really looking forward to it.”