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July 2, 2012
Treacle’s monkey is about to be joined by The Blackbird

We can’t tell you what is happening with the euro or predict whose head will roll next as the banking scandal continues. However, the 5pm blog can point you in the direction of some decent nosebag. Which is more useful?

It’s all go in Edinburgh, particularly on the bar scene. In Holyrood, Mike and Anna Christopherson have taken over the moribund Tun and changed it into Hemma.

The Swedish couple are already well known on Edinburgh’s bar scene for taking over well worn bars in the Leith area and giving them a bit of Nordic TLC.

Hemma, which means home in Swedish, joins Joe Pearce’s, Boda, Sofi’s and Victoria in the couple’s portfolio.One imagines that the scribblers in The Scotsman building opposite are chuffed.

We also see that The Fountain bar in Fountainbridge has recently been revamped. If it used to be a local’s local then it now seems to be a second home for the area’s young professionals.

As well as an interesting beer and wine list, The Fountain now features upmarket pub grub. Think braised shin if beef pie with seasonal greens or the roast chicken breast stuffed with feta, bacon and mint.

We also hear that the Big Red Teapot company, who already run Treacle on Broughton Street and Hamilton’s in Stockbridge, are to open a new bar and restaurant on Leven Street in Bruntsfield.

It will be called The Blackbird and is scheduled to open in September.