Licensed Trade News – June 2017

June 6th, 2017 | Posted in: News

 John Bryden

Perth licensee John Bryden and daughter Georgia were thrilled to meet Jools Holland after sponsoring his Perth Concert Hall show. The Loft club backed the bandleader’s Perth Festival of the Arts appearance, hard on the heels of supporting last year’s appearance by Scots singer KT Tunstall. John said, “The Festival of the Arts is nudging towards its 50th anniversary and is a key plank in the 2021 City of Culture bid. Georgia and I were delighted to meet Jools and he was in superb form. The Loft was proud to play a role in bringing him back to the city and if he returns again next year we’d be delighted to support the concert.”They are pictured with Jools Holland (centre) at Perth Concert Hall.

 The Fat Pony

The Fat Pony, a very small wine bar, is set to be opened by David Ramsden of The Dogs fame, this month. The new Edinburgh bar, on the site of a former jewellers, is at 47 Bread Street.

Steak Cattle & Roll

Steak Cattle & Roll opened in Glasgow’s Merchant City just over eight weeks ago. This brings the number of Steak Cattle & Roll outlets in the city to two. The concept was thought up by owner Adam Hussain who originally opened in Weaver Street, before relocating to the city centre.


Topolabamba has opened in Aberdeen bringing its own street food favourites and over 50 tequilas and mezcals to the city. The new restaurant at 367 Union Street is the third restaurant for the brand, which is also located in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Topolabamba is owned by Mario Gizzi, Paul Sloan, Tony Conetta and Calum McLaclainn.

The Walking Dead

A pop up bar with a difference is opening Tuesday to Thursday’s beneath 6 Degrees North at One Below, in Howe Street, Edinburgh… called Survive. The pop-up has been inspired by TV show ‘The Walking Dead’, and offers customers an idea of what a bar post zombie apocalypse would look like. Even the staff are dressed up. It’s the brainchild of Linden Wilkinson.

The Counter

The Counter launches its first UK burger restaurant in Glasgow

The Counter Custom Burgers, the build-your-own-burger LA restaurant offering over a million possible combinations, has opened in Glasgow at The Quay. The franchise-owned store is being managed by Daniel Johns who have required the franchise rights for the brand in Scotland and England.The Counter® Custom Burgers offers, say the company, “a fresh, unconventional approach to creating the ultimate burger, offering a checklist-style clipboard menu that lists over a million possible combinations enabling consumers to endlessly create new burger experiences.”

Khalid Iqbal Director of Daniel Johns comments, “We are proud to bring this exciting custom-built burgers concept to the UK for the first time. ”Since opening in LA in 2003 The Counter® now has more than 40 US locations. Says Jeff Weinstein, founder and Co-CEO of The Counter®, “We often find that international travellers take a special interest in our US locations, so it only made sense to bring that excitement of the build-your-own burger concept to their markets. We know in the UK market there is an appetite for gourmet burgers and with our custom built burgers we feel we can bring a new and unique offering.”

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