A family-run restaurant in Largs has announced with a "heavy heart" that it is closing its doors at the end of the year.

Buena Onda, based in Fort Street, opened in June 2022 offering a continental flavour to the offering in the area, with Mediterranean-styled dishes such as tapas.

It was a massive sea change from the traditional Green Shutters building, which has been in operation for decades near Largs seafront.

In a message on their website, Sara Nardini and her husband announced the forthcoming closure.

She wrote: "Dear valued customers, after long and serious thought, myself and Jordi have decided to end our Buena Onda venture and shall be closing our doors as of January 1.

Largs and Millport Weekly News: Sara pictured with a Viking Festival themed burger in the summerSara pictured with a Viking Festival themed burger in the summer (Image: Charlie Gilmour)

"There are various factors that have played a part in making the decision, the main ones being the increase in operational expenses and the business being too seasonal.

"We also have the opportunity to return back to a business venture, not hospitality related, with which we had good success with in the Canary Islands, and have found a base for it here in Largs.

"Although the decision to close our doors was made with a heavy heart, we definitely know it is the right one for us.

"We want to express our deepest gratitude to each and every one of you who has supported us since we opened. We will cherish the memories we have made with you all and have enjoyed watching the place flourish and grow.

"We would like to express our gratitude to all the staff who have been part of the journey from the first day until the last. 

"Without you all we could simply not have created such a special place and we wish all of you the best luck for the future."

Jordi and Sara announced in April 2022 they would be opening the new venture as they gave a European feel to the former Green Shutters restaurant by calling it 'Buena Onda', which means good vibes in Spanish.

Sara Nardini and her husband Jordi gave up life on the sunshine island of Lanzarote after 15 years to take over the Green Shutters.

The couple, who are parents to Koa, travelled by car with all their belongings in an epic 6,000km road trip to set up the new venture.

Sara ran the popular Robinson's Beach Bar, in Costa Teguise, and transformed the Shutters into a classy Mediterranean-style eatery, which serves beers and cocktails, as well as traditional cappuccinos.

The business has been contacted for comment.