AN ambitious new venture is set to breathe life into a prominent historic site overlooking Edinburgh’s Newhaven Pier.

Pier Brasserie, which is set to open in mid-February, is expected to bring a “warm, contemporary” bar and brasserie to the renowned old fishmarket building in Newhaven – which is fast becoming one of the city’s foodie destinations.

The new location is the vision of Mark Patonyi, a restaurant manager with 13 years of experience, most recently as manager of Steak Restaurant at Picardy Place.

He has been at the heart of the £100,000+ transformation of the site, project managing each process to ensure they meet his high standards.

Along with 15 hand-picked members of staff, Steak’s former executive chef Vladimir Garcik will head up the new kitchen, creating seasonal, inclusive menus featuring goods from the likes of Donald Russell butchers and neighbours Welch’s fishmongers.

Patonyi said: “We’re bringing something entirely bold and new to this striking location.

“It’s been a labour of love, but this is a prospect that truly excites me – and I want Pier Brasserie to quickly become a local gem that also encourages more people down to this beautiful part of the city.

“Everything we’re doing is about honesty and inclusivity, with a bar suitable for lovers of fine beers wines, a date-night drink, as well as being a spot that families can feel entirely at ease.

“It’s important to me that our food will be good value, high quality and gimmick-free – so that we can become a welcoming spot for all, from vegans and vegetarians, to seafood lovers and steak aficionados.”

Patonyi’s inspiration comes from the Newhaven fishwives that thronged the Pier Place building, which dates back to 1896.

He added: “We’re proud to use the finest Scottish ingredients which have been farmed, caught, raised or bred in Scotland and we’re passionate about supporting businesses in our local area and the community on a whole.”

The new spot is expected to fit in excess of 70 diners, and will have a separate bar area from which views of the expansive Forth can be admired.

A private dining area will also allow for larger bookings for special occasions and corporate dinners.