Yates’s on West George Street, Glasgow has been transformed into the Merchant. It opened last month after a £300K transformation. The investment by the Stonegate Pub Company, the business that own and operate the Merchant, includes a completely new food offer, an enhanced cask ale range and the opening up of the first floor which [...]
UK chain Carluccio’s is to open in Aberdeen’s Union Square in the summer after being granted a licence. The new restaurant of the upper floor of the shopping centre, will create 35 jobs, and will be the second Scottish restaurant for the group. The first opened in Glasgow in 2011. The new Aberdeen Carluccio’s will [...]
John MacLean has added 20 Rocks Dundee to his growing estate of Scottish rock bars. The 500-capacity rock venue is the third for the former DJ, who opened the Ward Street venue at the tail end of last month, on the back of Falkirk and Stirling. John told DRAM, “I ripped out the venue and [...]
Malcolm Gray and Jon Eastwood (pictured) have invested £250K and re-opened The Melville Bar on William Street in Edinburgh, after taking a 15-year lease from London Town. The duo are part of the team behind the city’s Atholl Hotel. Malcom Gray said, “Jon and I have invested a significant sum in transforming The Melville through a [...]
The hedonism of the 1920s and 30s is legendary, and Swing on Glasgow’s Hope Street harks back to this former age. Its art deco interior, tailored to nightly entertainment, is the brainchild of owners Craig and Emma McDonald who have invested £400k buying and transforming this modest basement space into what the owners hope will [...]
If you’re thinking there’s something familiar about Maclay Inns’ £700k, four-month renovation of Balloch’s Tullie Inn, you’d be on to something. There are more than a few nods to a certain waterfront bar and restaurant that opened in West Kilbride last year. Maclay Inns’ MD Steve Mallon has been quite open about how impressed he [...]
Duddingston Leisure has spent around £100k refurbishing the former News Room on Edinburgh’s Leith Street. It re-opened last month under new name, The Newsroom Bar & Eatery, and the GM is Harry Bennett. He said, “We have stepped up the food offering, with a strong emphasis on homemade and locally-sourced produce. He continued, “In terms [...]
Jolly’s Hotel in Broughty Ferry has been bought by J D Wetherspoon. The seafront hotel has 24 guest rooms, a public bar, a small lounge bar and the main lounge bar. The business had been closed for some time, and the ground floor will be completely refurbished in preparation for a re-opening later in the [...]
The former Borders site situated between Buchanan Street and Royal Exchange Square in Glasgow is now a Zizzi’s. In fact it is the company’s first Scottish bar and restaurant. The building has been totally renovated and opened for business last month.
Live music enthusiasts with a penchant for jazz are set to get a new venue, which will open early this month on Glasgow’s Hope Street. Swing, which is owned by former marketeer Emma Marsh, will be open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Emma told DRAM, “It will have more of a supper club vibe, and [...]
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