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October 24, 2019

First up, the former Two Fat Ladies on Dumbarton Road re-opens tomorrow as Eighty Eight.

Sharing dishes made with the best ingredients available on the day will be the name of the game at the 24 cover restaurant.

Intriguingly, they also aim to offer cocktails to match the different dishes.

We like the sound of the Sweet Pea made with gin, sugar snap pea, vermouth blanc, and sesame oil.

Bucks Bar in the Merchant City

Also opening tomorrow is Bucks Bar on the Trongate. It's the second branch of the fried buttermilk chicken joint after the success of the original Bath Street unit.

'Chicken, liquor and rock 'n' roll' is the motto at Bucks and we would rock and roll towards their katsu curry burger: panko-breaded buttermilk chicken, topped with a rich katsu sauce, toasted sesame seeds and fresh coriander. Main pic shows katsu burger from Bucks' Facebook.

Peering into the future, we have a slew of new launches on the horizon.

Vin Cru on Candleriggs

At the end of November, Vin Cru will be welcoming its first guests at 60 Candleriggs on Merchant Square.

It's billed as a natural wine bar which tends to mean wine made with little or no chemical intervention; a category which has become very fashionable over the last two to three years.

Food will be provided by Dennistoun Barbeque and Hug And Pint.

Gulp and The Corona

You may also want to keep your peepers peeled for Gulp which is taking shape at 67 Kilmarnock Road.

Long term readers may recall that the address used to house Black Dove.

Gulp promises live music, a bar and food. Which is all you really need when you drill down.

Staying south of the Clyde, we also note that The Butterfly and The Pig South is changing hands and reverting to the name the building had when it first opened in 1913: The Corona.

It has been taken over by the team that runs Classic Grand. The Butterfly and The Pig on Bath Street continues to operate as before.

Barga in Paisley

Meanwhile, in Paisley, Barga is a new bar and restaurant preparing for launch in mid-November.

The Tuscan city of Barga is said to be the most Scottish city in Italy. Large numbers of people from Barga settled in Scotland at the end of the 19th century and a chunky proportion of the Italian city's population have Scottish relatives and connections.

Bearing that in mind, it seems safe to assume that Paisley's Barga will have Italian roots.

It certainly has attitude. Some of its current marketing collateral bears the legend: 'Paisley: telling Glasgow to do one since 1163. And so are we.'

Hank Marvin Uddingston

Last but not least, we hear that Uddingston will soon have a new diner with a fantastic name: Hank Marvin.

Unfortunately, we have no other info but will fill you in as we get it.