Glasgow licensees team up to transform Trader Joes

Hope Street Lease Ltd – a partnership between Glasgow hospitality operators Neil and Julie Douglas (above) and Billy McAneney – have teamed with Star Pubs & Bars for a £430k refurbishment of Trader Joes on Hope Street in Glasgow.

It will reopen at 325 Hope Street in May as contemporary Scottish restaurant and bar, Ardnamurchan.

The exterior will be redecorated and the interior is being completely redesigned with a new kitchen, snug area and open plan bar and restaurant.

Billy McAneney owns a number of Glasgow venues, including Baby Grand, Websters and Cottiers, while the Douglas’ own Café Antipasti and Ad Lib. Hope Street Lease Ltd is their first joint venture, and Ardnamurchan their first leased pub.

Neil Douglas said, “The North end of Hope Street used to be one of Glasgow’s main entertainment areas but has been overlooked in recent years, we want to bring back some of its sparkle.”

Ardnamurchan will serve food sourced from across the country and will have a “West Highland feel” with lots of raw wood, tweed and a gantry filled with Scottish products, including craft beer, gin and whisky.

The new layout devised by ARKA Design Studio will include an extended kitchen, a “snug” area and space for live music.

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