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Could the Blackbird defy the recession?

posted 23 Sep 2012, 20:31 by Tollcross Junction   [ updated 24 Sep 2012, 08:29 ]

As a business move, opening a new style bar slap bang in the middle of a double-dip recession would
 seem bold. But tough as things are in the wider economy, few would bet against Martin Luney and Colin Church, the irrepressible duo behind Capital hang-outs Hamilton’s in Stockbridge and Broughton Street’s Treacle – and now the Blackbird in Leven Street, which opened on Thursday in a blaze of glinting chandeliers, art-deco mirrors and psychedelically coloured work by leading design talents from Edinburgh and overseas.

It is yet another sign of the a revitalisation of Tollcross after the opening of watering hole The Cuckoo’s Nest and the new base of arts group the Forest Cafe. Rising from the ashes of what was the historic Auld Toll bar, the Blackbird effortlessly combines restored period features – gold on pine-green cornicing and fireplaces – with boldly coloured bespoke couches and chairs made from tweed, tartan, silk and even recycled scaffolding.