Average service? Don’t believe everything you read

Tue 3rd May 2016

There can’t be many people who would launch a new pub and restaurant business by making a virtue of ‘average service’ and even telling customers to expect it o

The West Port dynamos

Tue 5th April 2016

When Andrew McMahon and Jakub Zakrzewski teamed up five years ago to run the function suite at Perth Airport, anyone familiar with the ambitious pair would have know

A ‘golden’ era for the Chung family

Mon 29th February 2016

Last month saw the first ever Chinese New Year celebrations held in Glasgow’s George Square – a colourful spectacular featuring dragon and lion dancing, fire

Kris Clark carries on the family tradition at the George hotel, in business since 1776

Thu 28th January 2016

When your family has owned and run a business in a picturesque Scots town for five generations and you are next in line for the job it is easy to see how the prospec

How Milan and Cara Nikolic turned up the heat in Helensburgh

Mon 11th January 2016

WHEN husband and wife team Milan (39) and Cara (44) Nikolic  opened their first bar and restaurant, Riverbank, in Helensburgh, Argyll, in March 2010, few could have

Making New Memories at the Fox & Hounds

Mon 30th November 2015

ANNABELLE LOVE MEETS Graeme and Karen Finnie the new owners of the Fox & Hounds in Houston. When Graeme Finnie and his wife, Karen, put in a sealed bid for the r

Reaching for the Top

Fri 30th October 2015

Apex Hotels opened its latest hotel, the Apex Glasgow, earlier this month (see the design feature), it’s the 9th hotel for the group. Susan Young caught up with Ch

Licensee Interview – How The Western was won

Fri 2nd October 2015

Susan Young catches up with Stefano Giovanazzi, ahead of the opening of his latest venture Caffè Parma. I have to admit that I have known the Giovanazzi family for

Licensee Interview: New Lease of Life

Fri 4th September 2015

The Albert Bar in Airdrie has a new look and a new lessee. Susan Young reports. The Albert Bar, or The Albert, as it is now known, re-opened just after Christmas wit

Licensee Interview- Tony Crolla

Thu 2nd July 2015

Tony Crolla is a bit of a legend in his hometown of Edinburgh. Susan Young caught up with the Italian businessman to find out more about his FAMILY OPERATION. You ca

That’s the Wray to do it!

Wed 3rd June 2015

Jamie Wray opened his own pub The Blane Valley Inn in Blanefield just over a year ago. Susan Young caught up with him to find out how he has found country living. Th

Marvellous Marcliffe

Tue 5th May 2015

Susan Young paid a visit to Aberdeen recently to catch up with hotelier Stewart Spence, the man behind the cities five-star Marcliffe Hotel & Spa. There is no do


Tue 7th April 2015

Susan Young chats to CPL head honcho Donald MacLeod about all things licensed trade. As you might expect, he doesn’t hold back…. If you had asked me 25 y

A Hugo Success

Mon 12th January 2015

It’s been just over twelve months since Hugo Mills accepted the job of running Molson Coors Scotland, Susan Young caught up with him to find out how he has found t

It’s a Rock and Roll Life!

Sat 10th January 2015

Scott McMillan opened his latest venture a few months ago on Glasgow’s Southside. McMillan’s is the first new licence in 10 years in the area. Susan Young caugh