Late May should see the opening of James Rusk’s newest venture, the £1.2m Hutcheson’s Hall venue in Glasgow’s Merchant City called Hutcheson’s.
James leased the building from owners the National Trust and has been overseeing an extensive refurbishment of the venue. Says James, “We’ve been working with the National Trust for Scotland in the background for the last two years trying to bring a new purpose to this unique, standalone building that is soaked in layers of history and culture.
“When I stepped foot inside the grand hall, I instantly knew that I wanted to sympathetically transform this magnificent landmark into a distinctive dining experience for all to enjoy.”
Set over three floors and covering 4000sq feet, the A-listed white structure features a clock tower in an unusual octagonal design and huge stain glass windows amongst its other charms. It is expected to create over 40 jobs and the restaurant is expected to have 178 covers.
Says James, “Our café bar and restaurant will be relaxed and informal, where our customers can relish in the lavish interiors and the Hutchesons’ culture and character. The décor will pay homage to the building’s heritage, and through great use of mirrors, warm colours and by restoring the buildings’ allures our aim is to create a comfortable convivial environment that is split over three floors creating a café bar, restaurant and private dining space.”
Hutchesons is located at 158 Ingram St, Glasgow.