Scottish Chef Graeme Cheevers is set to launch a new £350k 60-cover restaurant called Unalome in February 2021 on Kelvingrove Street in Glasgow’s Finnieston with hopes to achieve the city’s first Michelin star in almost 17 years.
No stranger to the Michelin guide, Graeme has won the industry’s ultimate accolade at both Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond and Isle of Eriska Hotel last year. He is hoping to continue that success with his first solo venture. The restaurant takes the place of ‘The Sisters’ restaurant following owner Jacqueline O’Donnell’s retirement and will undergo a significant refurbishment ahead of opening.
He said, “There is nowhere else I would rather launch my own restaurant than in my home city of Glasgow. It is scary going solo, but I feel like I’m now at a point in my career where I’m ready and I have the confidence and experience to take it forward and make it a success.
“Unalome will be a dining experience unlike anything else you’ll find in the city. But, it will also be accessible and relaxed so that everyone can come and enjoy it. I don’t want it to be an occasion restaurant – I want people to visit again and again and experience something slightly different every time.
“We’re hitting the ground running and have high hopes to achieve Glasgow’s first Michelin star since 2004 within our first year. To follow the successes of Andrew Fairlie or Gordon Ramsay in Glasgow would be incredible. I can’t wait to get started.”
Unalome is traditionally a Buddhist symbol representing the path each person takes in life and Graeme has chosen it to signify something new and completely different for Glasgow’s food scene.
Unalome’s offering will be modern European with ingredients, sourced locally where possible. Graeme’s vision for the menu is that it will change weekly so the dining experience will constantly evolve.
Co-Director of Unalome James Newton added, “We’re hugely optimistic and excited about investing in the long-term within Glasgow’s vibrant food and drink scene. With the creation of 50 jobs, we believe this is a bit of much-needed good news after what has been a challenging year for all. Dependent on Scottish Government restrictions, we are hopeful we will be welcoming our first diners by February 2021.”