McManus takes over Booly’s

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Glasgow cocktail Bar Booly Mardy’s has a new owner in the shape of Glasgow restaurateur Lawrence McManus. The Vinicombe Street bar, originally opened by Alan Tomkins, and latterly owned by Mark Tracey, was sold to Lawrence earlier this year, and it will re-open mid-May. Lawrence told DRAM, “Mark approached me about buying the bar a few months ago and as I’ve been a customer of the bar since it opened, in fact I am probably one of its best customers, I thought why not?”
He continues, “The timing was right. They are currently completing the road works in Vinicombe Street, and now is the right time to give the bar and new look and a new name. I’m going down a tried and tested route with the design because I firmly believe that if you keep it simple you can get it right, and I hope people will like what we have done. We have also looked at the pricing in the bar, because at times I thought Booly’s was a bit expensive.”
Lawrence concluded, “With so much going on in Finnieston it’s time that Byres Road got a wee jag.”
Lawrence also owns Old Salty’s in Byres Road, as well as Epicures and Nick’s both in Hyndland.