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April 12, 2012

We’re not exactly quick off the blocks with this one but Nardini’s of Largs has branched out and, in the last month or so, opened Nardini’s on Byres Road in Glasgow. Ice cream, cakes, coffees and sarnies are on the menu.

Thanks to Roy Beers writing on the Glasgow West End site, we also learn that a former Anniesland toilet block is being converted into a Spanish tapas bar with a Spanish civil war theme. Word has it that it will be called La Pasionara and will be dedicated to those who fought in the International Brigade against Franco’s forces.

The exact opening date has still to be set but one imagines that much fun will be had by the newspapers with mentions of Anda-loo-cia, spending a penny and so on.

When it opens, La Pasionara won’t be the first restaurant to open in a building which was originally intended for a very different purpose.

The fine Seafood Temple in Oban used to be a ‘public convenience’ while The Glass Pavilion in Broughty Ferry started out as a bathing shelter. Looking at them now, you would never guess how they started out in life.

The Glass Pavilion in Broughty Ferry: formerly a bathing shelter