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March 21, 2013
Tacos, burritos and quesadillas will be on the menu at the new branch of Pinto on Glasgow's Gordon Street
Tacos, burritos and quesadillas will be on the menu at the new branch of Pinto on Glasgow’s Gordon Street

Fans of Glasgow’s Pinto restaurant are getting fizzy as the opening of a second branch on Gordon Street draws near.

Since opening on Queen Street in 2011, the Mexican street food joint has been slowly but surely building a customer base of burrito-lovers. The Gordon Street branch was due to open yesterday but has been delayed.

The latest word has it that they hope to open tomorrow.

Film star

Details are sketchy about this but Twitter has it that there is some filming going on at the original Queen Street branch today and they are looking for extras.

Melville reopens

On the other side of the M8, The Melville bar has re-opened in the West End.

Having been mothballed since last year, the bar has been given a new lease of life by entrepreneurs Malcolm Gray and Jon Eastwood. The duo are behind the very plush Atholl Hotel in the New Town.

Gray said: ‘Jon and I have invested a significant sum in transforming The Melville through a comprehensive redesign and refurbishment with the aim of renewing its appeal to the professional, local and female clientele.

Sunday lunch

‘Having noticed that there was nowhere to go to for a good quality traditional Sunday lunch in the New Town, we hope to make The Melville a true destination venue for families and locals alike.’

Eastwood added: ‘We want The Melville to be the kind of place where we want to frequent ourselves. We want to be able to come here, sit at the bar stool, have a few pints, share a platter with some friends or bring the family for a Sunday lunch where our customers can be guaranteed decent quality food and drink in fresh, comfortable surroundings.’

Curry Club

Made with freshly cooked, local produce, the venue’s menu of gastro pub food has been devised by The Atholl Hotel’s head chef Michael Mathieson, and features a unique business lunch sharing platter.

Other plans include the launch of a Monday evening cocktail club, with a free selection of canapés for customers ordering two or more cocktails, and a Tuesday evening Curry Club.