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Thai group Chaophraya to open a restaurant in Glasgow's Townhouse

Thai restaurant group Chaophraya has announced plans to open a new site in Glasgow in the grade A-listed Townhouse building on Buchanan Street.

The new venue, set to be the UK's largest Thai restaurant, will open in July following a £2m refurbishment of the historic 22,000sq ft building, which dates back to 1911.

The makeover will include a gold leaf ceiling and Thai Buddha statues throughout in a bid to create an opulent and cosmopolitan bar and restaurant.

Chaophraya Glasgow will span four floors of the Townhouse building and feature a bar called Palm Sugar that will be accessible directly from Buchanan Street. The upper floors will house a dining area, a VIP bar, four private dining rooms and Champagne bar.

Chaophraya manager Richard McCandleless said: "We have a fantastic location on Buchanan Street in the historic Townhouse building with capacity for over 400 diners across four decadent floors."

Executive chef Rungot Tammakeysar added: "Our menu is made up of authentic Thai dishes made using only the finest of ingredients - our dishes are simple and structured, packed full of flavour to excite the palate just as good Thai food should be."

Chaophraya currently has restaurants in Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield.

By Janie Manzoori-Stamford

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