New South African inspired bar for Dumbarton Road as BRU opens its doors


Dumbarton Road’s renaissance is set to continue with the launch of BRU in Thornwood which opened this week. (30 Nov).

BRU, which takes over the site of the St Louis Café, is owned by South African-born Bradley Potteron’s and it takes its name from the South African term for ‘close friend’.

The 43-year-old, who has spent time working in bars and restaurants in Australia, London and Glasgow takes on BRU, as his first solo venture.

In his most recent role, as assistant manager at local institution Ziques, Bradley fell in love with Glasgow’s West End and began to look for a venue to call his own. Now, having sealed a deal to take over the vacant venue, he is on a mission to create a “home away from home” for the community while showcasing local suppliers, musicians, and artists.

Brad said: “We want to bring the industry together and support the best of Glasgow’s incredible food and drink scene.

“I want this to be the community’s third place, a home away from home. There’s home, there’s work, and then there’s BRU.

The launch of BRU comes amid a significant regeneration of Dumbarton Road, following a spate of recent openings from nearby GaGa to Eighty Six in Partick.

Brad said, “Opening a bar during this time of economic unrest is obviously a concern, but with the increase in working from home, more people are spending more time within their own community, which is why areas like Thornwood and Patrick are exploding with exciting new venues.

“People are also aware of the impact of their buying decisions: they want to support ethical, local suppliers, which is something that’s very important to us.

“We’re confident our community-focused vibe will be the perfect laidback venue for people to unwind. We believe BRU can be a big part of Thornwood as it continues to become one of the best places to eat and drink in the city.

“I’m very glad we managed to get everything up and running in time for what we believe will be a very busy Christmas season.”

“The support from the industry and public has been amazing. From connecting with local suppliers the minute we decided to open, to getting to know the characters of Thornwood and beyond. People have been asking what we’re up to: there’s a genuine interest and people want to support any way they can. We’re excited we can now, finally, welcome everyone in.”

Customers can expect brunch, small plates and gourmet pizzas on its gastropub-style menu, which will champion local produce and seasonal ingredients, as well as taking inspiration Brad’s homeland including a South African favourite, the Bunnychow: a hollowed out loaf of bread that’s usually filled with curry.

Brad explains, “Having South African-inspired dishes on the menu brings something new and exciting to the city. We realise the importance of standing out and doing something different, while also prioritising service, which will be at the heart of everything we do.”

Picture Elaine Livingstone:  L to R Bradley Potterton (BRU), Lynsey Samuel (She Bloomin’ Gathered), Fiona Donald (BRU), Adrian Foulds (Pots from Scots), Todd Whiteford (Good Coffee Cartel)

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