Edinburgh rum bar owners finally confirm opening date after 'nine weeks of uncertainty'

Owners of a new Edinburgh rum bar have finally confirmed an opening date after being forced to close their doors.

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'. However, their doors are now set to open on Friday, July 5, after 'nine weeks of uncertainty'.

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Speaking to Edinburgh Live, Jamie and Stevie said the experience has been "extremely stressful" but are "buzzing" to be able to let customers in again.

Jamie said: "'It's been nine long weeks of uncertainty but we're absolutely delighted to have everything resolved now. I can't wait to get back to what we do best, providing great service and drinks to our guests.

"I just want to thank everyone who stuck by us, came to our pop-ups, came to see us at the window for takeaway and supported us through social media. We're buzzing to get the doors back open next week.

'Over the next few weeks and months, we have big plans to make the most of the summer- we'll be putting on some fun events such as Rum & Doughnut pairings, invite some special guests for tastings and bar takeovers, and further down the line we'll open our kitchen for some great food too.

"We can't wait to get back to those incredible first few weeks before we closed and make up for lost time."

A previous 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 April 19 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."

Bookings are now live on their website here.