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