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November 6, 2018

Actually, we have so much Glasgow food news that we're going to split it all in two with another instalment tomorrow. Buckle up.

First up, So L.A., the latest venture from the team behind The Butchershop Bar and Grill, The Spanish Butcher and Hutchesons City Grill launches to the public from Friday.

Lucky old us is getting an exclusive sneak peek of the California-inspired restaurant and bar on Thursday evening. We'll report back in Friday's blog.

Poke bowls at The Savoy Centre

So L.A. is on Mitchell Street where it is bringing new commercial life to the unit vacated by Chop Chop. There is also some regeneration taking place a few blocks away at The Savoy Centre.

Two well publicised fires have seriously affected the city centre streets around The Savoy Centre.

However, a new development at the distinctive shopping centre looks set to inject some fresh blood.

The Savoy Centre is currently undergoing a phased refurbishment. Part of the work includes a new retail concept, COLAB - Community Culture Cuisine.

COLAB will offer incubator space for retailers, entrepreneurs and local creatives as well as house fashion, beauty, and lifestyle brands. The first phase will also feature exhibition and event space.

COLAB will host exciting new eating and drinking venues.

COLAB will host exciting new eating and drinking venues.

Five new tenants have already been secured and they include two new eating and drinking businesses.

Pencilled in to open in early 2019, Musoga aims to be Glasgow’s first wellbeing café.

Launching a little sooner, perhaps at the end of the month, Kōhī will offer poke, pronounced poke-ay, bowls.

Way back in 2016, in one of our dodgy, end-of-the-year food trend blogs, we predicted that Hawaiian poke bowls would become more popular.

Billed as the Pacific Island's answer to ceviche, they were becoming big in London at the time.

We're happy to be corrected but, as far as we are aware, the only other Glasgow place doing them is Honu on Dumbarton Road.

Although Okome on Byres Road maybe does them too?

Anyway, we look forward to seeing Kōhī's take on the fish and rice dish.

Kothel in Bearsden

Kothel will keep it quirky.

Kothel will keep it quirky. Pic: Kothel Facebook.

We will also make quick mention of a new Bearsden branch for Kothel.

Linked to Pianola restaurant and Kothel, both on Crow Road, the new Kothel opens tomorrow at 78 Drymen Road.

If it is anything like its sister operations then the Bearsden Kothel will be an all-day affair with great coffee, an inventive menu and quirky interior.

Last but not least, The Old Schoolhouse (main pic) on Woodlands Road has re-opened after a major re-furb.

Regulars may be pleased to learn that the Spiderman pinball machine has survived the make-over.