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June 14, 2019

The big news this week is that The Ivy Buchanan Street has announced, after several delays, that it will definitely launch this summer.

There is still no firm opening date but guests can look forward to 'sophisticated yet relaxed all-day dining in the heart of Glasgow’s fashionable Style Mile'.

Open seven days a week, the two-floor brasserie has approximately 222 covers.

As well as the main restaurant, the new venture will feature two onyx bars; a glamorous private dining space for events, drinks receptions, birthdays and working lunches; striking ladies’ bathrooms, and Parisian-style outdoor seating for all those sunny days we are yet to enjoy.

The brasserie-style menu will offer everything from breakfast, elevenses, lunch, light snacks, afternoon tea, cocktails, weekend brunch and dinner.

Lobster linguine

Typical dishes include refreshing heritage tomato and feta salad with avocado, watermelon, pistachio and olives; lobster linguine and char grilled halloumi with padrón peppers.

The head chef is Brian Scanlan whose CV includes stints with Hawksmoor, G1 and the Corbin and King group of London restaurants.

Baton Berisha, Managing Director at The Ivy Collection says: 'We are very excited to be opening our second Scottish restaurant this summer, bringing a touch of Ivy magic to Glasgow. We have a fantastic team in place and a beautiful building at 106 Buchanan Street. As well as breakfast, lunch and dinner, guests will also be able to pop in for cocktails at our first floor bar.'

Kebabish to re-open

In other news, Kebabish in the Southside is to re-open almost two years after it was devastated by a fire.

The Victoria Road restaurant aims to throw open its doors on Monday 24th June.

Meanwhile, over at The Old Toll Bar on Paisley Road West, they have unveiled a new basement space decorated with famous Weegie faces such as Billy Connolly and Sharleen Spiteri.

A quirky beer garden and a visit from a New Orleans food truck are also in the pipeline.

Back in the city centre, the splendid Britannia Panopticon - the world's oldest music hall - is hosting a Food and Drink Bazaar tomorrow (Saturday 15th June).

The Dispensary Bar will be knocking out handcrafted cocktails while assorted stalls sell locally produced food, drink and curios along with alcoholic candy floss and tarot card readings.

Open 11am-5pm, entry is free.