A COMMUNITY interest company has last week launched a bistro in Alloa, following years of work.

Maraca Jack's Bistro has launched on the town's Candleriggs with entertainment for people available on most evenings.

The bistro is being run as part of a project by the Look Aboot Ye community interest company (CIC) with tapas buffet, live music and BYOB events for £10.

The venue is the brainchild of Alloa man Jackie McPherson who has been out and about spreading the word and putting posters up around the town this week.

He held a successful opening night last Thursday, October 7, and told the Advertiser: "I'd like to thank Cllr Craig Holden for coming along and saying a few words and everybody else who turned up to make it a fantastic evening.

"Also thanks to everyone who's been involved in the project for their participation and their goodwill in getting it up and running.

"A big thanks to these people because it wouldn't have happened without the community."

Jackie also gave a nod of appreciation to Kelly and staff from Martin Johnston & Socha solicitors, the landlords, for their support during renovations.

His fledging social enterprise, with the motto People Before Profit, was started in 2019 with a vision of working for the benefit of the community.

The premises has since been renovated and Jackie has settled on the idea of a bistro to provide a backdrop for activities.

His ultimate aim is to continue developing the premises with a wellbeing suit to provide services for people in the area.

Jackie added: "Looking forward to some great nights in the bistro, see what's on on our Facebook.

"We are aiming towards opening Dr Feelgood's Health and Wellbeing Suite upstairs hopefully in the coming spring."

Inviting people along, he said: "Please come along, support the initiative and help getting the wellbeing suite up and running."

For more details, find Maraca Jack on Facebook.