Pair are keeping taste of Spain on the menu

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Determined to bring a little bit of Spain to Falkirk are brother and sister, Colin and Lynsey Bayne.

The pair cannot guarantee the Costas’ sunshine but they are hoping to give a little Spanish flavour to the area when they re-launch popular restaurant La Banca.

Opening tomorrow (Friday) after a makeover, the Vicar Street dining spot and bar promises a varied tapas menu, as well as main courses, all with that Spanish flair.

Colin (32) was involved with the Vicar Street restaurant as manager from “day dot” when it was initially opened by the Milliken family in November 2008. He left the business last year when it was taken over by Finn Family Restaurants.

However, a further change saw an opportunity for Colin and Lynsey (29) to take over.

The 20 staff are all being retained and are currently involved in the maintenance and refurbishment project prior to the grand re-opening.

Colin said: “I’ve been part of this business with the Millikens from day dot. I’ve put so much into La Banca that when it became available it seemed the right thing to do.”

The brother and sister know all about family businesses having grown up with their father’s catering equipment firm, which Colin initially joined on leaving Denny High School.

He added: “I was working with my dad, training as a refrigeration engineer, but I was also working in bars at the weekend. That was my first taste of the hospitality industry and I’ve been in the trade for 18 years now, 10 of them in management.

“I’ve done all my training and, recognising the importance of this, will be putting my staff through their SVQs to award level to ensure we maintain standards.”

Although some might think the current economic climate makes it a brave move on the Bayne’s part to take on the venture, Colin is convinced they have the recipe for success.

He said: “This will very much be a family-run and family-friendly restaurant, catering for everyone.

“I’ve always found that as long as you give good service at reasonable prices then you will succeed. A friendly face always attracts people back.

“From the day it opened, La Banca had a welcoming, Mediterranean atmosphere that people enjoyed. We’re looking forward to the challenge of re-establishing the restaurant as a firm favourite with diners in the months and years to come.”