A NEW business venture in Kelty has been praised by MSP Alex Rowley as showing amazing commitment to the village.

After opening The King's at The Cross, the Fife MSP said that the investment in the former No1 Goth building had saved the village’s last pub.

The No1 Goth had been struggling but the move by Asif Hussian has seen a nightspot restored and jobs created.

He has also this week been granted permission to change the former Lindsay Tavern in the village into a restaurant.

Asif’s project followed him moving his pub involvement from the Lindsay Tavern to The Kings's.

It's hoped the new restaurant will open shortly.

Mr Rowley said: “The creation of the King’s has saved Kelty’s last pub from closure and Asif has shown amazing commitment to the village.

“His investment at the Lindsay Tavern and the former No1 Goth has created amazing facilities for the village.

“It would have been very sad if the No1 Goth building had become derelict but this is not going to happen and it is something which deserves the highest praise.”

Mandy Wishart, manager at The King's, said: “The project has seen a brand-new public bar created as it has been completely refurbished, as has the Crown Lounge at the back, which is now allowing us to house parties and music events.

“We also have plans to completely refurbish the upstairs area which will create a function suite, which should be completed in the summer of next year, and there is an area for a beer garden off Main Street.

"We have taken on another three staff here and we have been open 10 days now and things are going really well."