A NEW business has arrived in Saltcoats, with a restaurant opening up on Hamilton Street this week.

After plenty of work behind the scenes, Phoebe's Kitchen and Bistro swung its doors open for the first time at the site of the former B&B cafe and takeaway.

And one of the excited new owners took the time to tell us all about what this new business is looking to bring to the town - as they fufil a long-term ambition.

“It’s something we’ve always wanted to do," they said, "and we just saw that unit coming up again and thought it was worth giving it a wee shot.

“There’s nothing really like us in the area, I know there are other cafes but our vision is completely different from everybody else."

The owning pair are hoping to achieve this with their carefully thought out menu offering and by trying to cater to everybody's taste.

This will include the tastes of your furry companions, with Phoebe's set to offer a "doggy menu" and dog ice cream in the pet friendly restaurant.

As for their traditional food menu, the owner added: “We’re trying to buy everything fresh, everything’s coming directly from the butchers.

“All the produce we are buying we are getting as much of that as we can organic and locally sourced.”

Their organic products will be evident right across their menu, inclding organic milk from Ayrshire's award winning Mossgiel Farm and ice cream from Marshfield Farm.

There will also be an array of vegan friendly products - including ice cream - with plenty of plant based options set to be on offer.

They added: “We do breakfast things all day long, we make all our own pancakes in house, we bake all our own cakes and we do all your other things like your sandwiches, paninis and we’re planning on doing a homecooked meal every day.”

While you won't need to have to come in person to get your Phoebe's food fix, with the business set up to be offered on North Ayrshire Eats with takeaway and deliveries available at the push of a button.

However, the owner still commented: “Come for the atmosphere, it’s a really nice atmosphere within and obviously all the food is freshly produced and prepared everyday.”

Phoebe's opened only this week, and will look to be opened from 10am-4pm Wednesday to Saturday, closing an hour earlier on Sundays. The eatery will be closed most Mondays and Tuesdays though this may vary with updates posted on their social media pages.

While it was also added that it is hoped that is not only customers who will benefit from the new restaurant.

The owners, who have already created seven new jobs, have high ambitions for bringing plenty more employment into the area as they look to grow from the initial buzz of opening day.

They said: “We’re absolutely buzzing, it’s been so good, I’m really enjoying it – we just need to keep building and go from strength to strength.

“We want to be profitable for ourselves but we also want to open job opportunities up for the area as well.

“We want to open up more opportunities for say delivery drivers, weekend staff and more weekend staff.

“We want to look at doing a modern apprenticeship for someone younger to go in the kitchen and get trained up properly, go to college certain days and give them an opportunity.”

A charity box, collecting money for an Ayrshire charity, will be in the shop at all times - with the current organisation of choice a local addiction recovery service.

While it has only been open a matter of days - exciting things are cooking in the town's newest business.