Edinburgh rum bar forced to close three weeks after grand opening

Ruma were forced to close their doors
-Credit: (Image: Ruma Edinburgh)


A new Edinburgh rum bar has been forced to close its doors just three weeks after their grand opening.

Jamie Shields and Stevie Aitken opened Ruma on March 29, 2024 and were excited to take on their new business venture. However, on April 19, the pair then had to close their doors with no confirmation of a re-opening date.

They announced on social media on June 8, they had been closed for seven weeks after their electricity meter was 'removed from the premises'.

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Speaking to Edinburgh Live, Jamie and Stevie said the experience has been "extremely stressful" but are hopeful that they will be able to welcome customers in again.

Jamie said: "It's nearly been nearly nine weeks that this has all been going on for and we are just trying to do as much as we can to keep money coming in and keep us afloat.

"We have been doing a lot of pop ups, selling little bottles of rum out the window and just hustling as much as possible to keep money coming in and keep our staff too."

Stevie added that they are trying to get their staff as much hours as they can during this time. He said: "We can't confirm any full time hours right now so it has been so stressful for them not knowing what's happening and we can't give them a date as to when we plan to go back to work.

"The uncertainty of it all is the most stressful part. If we knew there was an end point it would be a different story but at the moment, it's waiting for dates from people. We will open again, it's just a matter of when.

"Right now we have a temporary residency at Paloma down near the shore. They reached out to us and kindly offered to let us use their space for the rest of June so we could keep our name out there. We'll be looking for any other opportunities if this does drag out so if anyone else has a space we could use, that would be great."

A statement on their Instagram reads: "It's now been over seven weeks since we were forced to close and we still don't have a reopening date yet - but we're still hanging on and fighting!

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To give a little context to what's happened, on 19th April we arrived at the bar to set up to find that the electricity meter had been removed by the electricity supplier without warning.

"After just three weeks of being open, we were forced to close our doors. So now we're currently awaiting the new supplier to begin scheduling new installations, which will hopefully commence in the next week or two, and then whatever lead time for getting an engineer out.

"We are working every day to find some other workaround to the issue to get up and running again as soon as possible, and will update you further when we have more to share.

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"We appreciate your support thus far, and we'll continue to scrap and fight to ensure we're still around to bring back those glorious busy first few weeks."