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[The Grand Hall at Hutchesons.][1]
The Grand Hall at Hutchesons is undergoing restoration.


As the Commonwealth Games begin to loom large on the horizon, Glasgow’s restaurateurs have gone into overdrive opening new restaurants.

The 5pm Dining blog will be taking a closer look at a few of them today and tomorrow with a round-up of developments in Edinburgh on Thursday.

We’ve learned of many of the restaurants from the ever lively, new restaurants thread on Yelp. Their eagle-eyed contributors usually know about new Glasgow restaurants long before the doors open.

We’ve already blogged about Hutchesons in our Chewin’ theFat chat with James Rusk, the brains behind both the Butchershop Bar & Grill plus the exciting new development of the old Hutchesons Hospital.

You can pick up more details from our friends at the STV city app and there was also a story in The Herald last week.

Scotland’s first sake brewery

We also see that Arran Brewery is to open Scotland’s first sake brewery in Dreghorn by Kilmarnock.

Managing Director Gerald Michaluk said ‘It may not at first appear there is a connection between Dreghorn, near Kilmarnock, and Japan but there is. In Japan you will find a small piece of Scotland in the form of a church which once graced Dreghorn but which was dismantled and rebuild in Tokyo.

‘As well as the sake brewery, which will almost exclusively export its sake to Japan, there will be our research and development centre and a brewing and distilling training school; subject of course to licensing. We have been making sake on a very small, almost domestic, scale and are now ready to build a sizable facility’.

New tapas bar

Back in Glasgow, La Boca is a very authentic new tapas bar on Hope Street.

Spanish tapas made from Spanish ingredients and cooked by Spanish chefs is the ethos here.

We like the look of their take on the sarnie or montadito packed with pork loin and Manchego cheese.

[La Boca's montadito.][11]
La Boca’s montadito.

Vegetarian and vegan Indian

Over at the bottom corner of Byres Road, Usha’s Vegetarian is taking shape.

Vegetarian and vegan Indian dishes are promised. It’s being launched by the team behind the Tribeca diners – Usha is the mother-in-law of Tribeca’s owner. More info here.

We’ll be back tomorrow with more details on a new Mexican restaurant opening on St Vincent Street.