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January 29, 2020

The Bankhead brewery is teaming up with the people who run Nonna's Kitchen in Morningside to launch the new venture.

Scheduled to open in March, Paolozzi Restaurant and Bar is taking shape in the former Royal Bank of Scotland branch on Forrest Road.

It will be named after Eduardo Paolozzi, the Scots Italian artist who is often described as the father of Pop Art.

It is his Vulcan statue which dominates the café at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. He also created the giant hand and foot which used to sit outside John Lewis on Picardy Place.

The sculptures were moved during the ongoing construction works for the new St James centre but are due to be returned shortly.

Paolozzi-inspired interior

Founded in 2015, Edinburgh Beer Factory has named a couple of its beers after the artist. They also work closely with the Paolozzi Foundation as well as making a charitable donation for each bottle and pint of Paolozzi lager sold.

As well as pieces of art by and inspired by Paolozzi, the interior will have design features which draw on his style.

According to the restaurant's Facebook, typical dishes on the food menu might be the aubergine Parmigiana; arancini with smoked mozzarella and Parmesan; Shetland Mussels with Italian tomatoes, garlic and a touch of chilli or a classic panzarella salad: chunks of stale bread soaked in extra virgin olive oil, heirloom and torpedino tomatoes, onions, peppers, cucumber, red wine vinegar, salt and basil.

There will also be pizza and a range of spuntini or drinks nibbles. We like the sound of the pitted green olives which are stuffed with anchovies, breaded and then fried and served with lemon juice and garlic mayo. The main pic is from Paolozzi's Restaurant and Bar Facebook.

Of course, Edinburgh Beer Factory's full range of bottled, canned and draught beers will also be available.

The all important beer.

The all important beer. Pic: Facebook

Ghost sign

Finally, we will mention that there has been much excitement, particularly in the Evening News, about a ghost sign uncovered on the frontage of the restaurant during the renovations.

At one point, the building hosted a business belonging to Archibald Young and Son 'Makers to the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh of Surgical Instruments and Appliances'. The Infirmary used to be across the road from the new restaurant.

The Archibald Young and Son signage is being integrated into the new restaurant frontage.