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January 17, 2022

The news that has most tongues wagging at the moment is the appearance of assorted Hollywood stars popping up in unexpected locations in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

In Edinburgh, David Tennant, Michael Sheen and Jon Hamm have all been sighted as they film Good Omens 2.

The Cask and Barrel bar on West Preston Street has been renamed The Resurrectionist for the filming.

Mr Hamm has also been spotted enjoying the food at Buck's Bar in Glasgow.

Had he lingered then he might have bumped into Leslie Grace who is in town filming Batgirl.

Assorted shop fronts in the Merchant City have been altered to look like American stores including one selling Buckfast at $7.99.

Batgirl on the wreck-the-hoose-juice would make for an unexpected twist in the Batperson franchise.

New Glasgow restaurants

The PB & JJ Burger from Fat Hippo. Blowing veganuary out of the water, one pattie at a time.

The PB & JJ Burger from Fat Hippo. Blowing veganuary out of the water, one pattie at a time.

Moving onto less starry matters, a number of chain restaurants are eyeing up the city centres in both Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Indian street food restaurant Mowgli plans to open on Edinburgh's Hanover Street and Glasgow's St Vincent Street this summer.

From the menu, we are torn between the Angry Bird or the Monkey Wrap. Mainly because of the names.

Sticking with new Scottish locations from chains, Glasgow is to get a Fat Hippo outlet, also on St Vincent Street.

Billed as 'The good kind of gluttony', Fat Hippo started life in Newcastle and specialises in belly-busting burgers and loaded, dirty fries.

The burgers look not so much dirty as filthy. The PB & JJ, pictured, involves  a double patty, American cheese, chunky peanut butter, bacon jam and smoked chilli jello.

We're guessing that after eating that you may need to take a shower rather than just washing your fingers.

Edinburgh has a Fat Hippo in the form of a concession in the Lane 7 bowling joint in the St James Quarter.

New Edinburgh restaurant

Also planning units in both cities is Choppaluna, a newish outfit that specialises in healthy options such as chopped salads, porridge bowls, smoothies and wraps.

Apparently, customers can 'super-pimp' their salads with up to 60 fresh toppings. It looks as though the Edinburgh branch will be in the old GPO building on the corner of Princes Street and the South Bridge while the Glasgow unit appears to be pencilled in for the Buchanan Galleries.

The main pic shows a Choppaluna wrap.

On a more local tip, Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn have announced plans to open a new Brewery Taproom on West Nile Street.

The new venue will join their existing taproom on Glasgow's Ashton Lane as well as branches in Edinburgh and Dundee.

Assuming everything goes to plan, beer lovers can look forward to 21 craft beer taps at some point in the summer.