The Caterer
Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

Outdoor hospitality sees strong demand in Scotland as full reopening dates confirmed

09 July 2020 by

The founders of Glasgow restaurant venue Cranside Kitchen, which launched for outdoor diners on Monday, have said that they have taken bookings for more than 4,000 guests in the first week.

The success of the outdoor launch came as first minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed today that pubs and restaurants in Scotland will be allowed to reopen indoor space from Wednesday 15 July.

Cranside Kitchen is set on the banks of the Clyde and comprises an outdoor restaurant and food market, offering food and drink from five of Glasgow's most well-known restaurant brands – Rioja, Halloumi, Pickled Ginger, Kilmurry & Co and La Rotunda.

Speaking to The Caterer, co-founder and operator Toni Carbajosa said that the biggest challenge of launching had been waiting for the go-ahead from the Scottish government and for the local council to approve their licence.

He said that the new 200-capacity outdoor venue, centred around Finnieston's iconic Rotunda building, was designed and built within four weeks and that the new business has allowed participating operators to bring staff back from furlough. It also hopes to provide further employment opportunities as the season progresses.

Carbajosa added: "People are eager to dine out and excited to soak up the atmosphere of a vibrant new venue. The restaurant brands are all well-known in Glasgow so it was a vital part of our plans that incredible food would be what Cranside Kitchen is to become known for."

The centrepiece of Cranside Kitchen is two pergola-style marquees to offer protection from the weather, which Carbajosa said would be adapted for the autumn and winter months, allowing for a year-round venue.

He said: "Glasgow is a very rainy city, but it doesn't stop Glaswegians from heading out."

The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.

close

Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking