A new era for Tomkins family as Ralph & Finns launches


Ralph & Finns, St Vincent Place will open this month on the site of the former Urban Grill. The family behind the venue, the Tomkins, have rebranded and re-designed the space and created a contemporary 180 seater bar and restaurant. The venue additionally has an impressive new whisky room and large private dining area for up to 32 people, named ‘The Boardroom’ in a nod to the building’s history as the former Scottish HQ of the Bank of England.

The restaurant which has been owned by the Tomkins family for over 15 years will provide all-day dining in the venue’s ‘Garden Room’ and a 22-seater marble bar will sit at the heart of the restaurant. The interiors have been designed by Mark Brunjes of CM Design, known in Glasgow for his work in Paesano, Hutchesons and BrewDog Bars. Following in her father’s footsteps, Emma Tomkins takes the reins at Ralph & Finns after over a decade in the industry, most recently running southside hotspot Ollie’s Bistro, much-loved Vroni’s wine bar and launching online wine retail business, wineorama.com

She’ll be joined at the helm by Glasgow restaurant figurehead, Andy MacSween, who takes on the role of Operations Manager after spending the past seven years managing the teams at two of Glasgow’s most successful restaurants, Ox and Finch and Ka Pao. Emma said, “We’re thrilled to announce the opening of Ralph & Finns this November. When customers step inside the restaurant, they will find the space completely transformed.

“We’re excited to welcome back Andy to the business, who worked with us over ten years ago and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his time with Ox and Finch and Ka Pao. We’re also sure regular customers to Urban Brasserie will be delighted to see our team return to lead our restaurant into an exciting new era at St Vincent Place. So many of our staff have worked with our family for many years and we cannot wait to welcome all customers into Ralph & Finns.”

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