Pallagi makes Room for Glasgow launch

17 August 2004
Pallagi makes Room for Glasgow launch

Room, the Catey-winning restaurant in Leeds, is to be replicated in Glasgow next month on the site of Gordon Ramsay's former Michelin-starred restaurant, Amaryllis.

The 120-seat restaurant, which will be called Room Glasgow, will open in the One Devonshire Gardens hotel on 14 September.

Room founder John Pallagi said he was spending £260,000 on refurbishing the restaurant, which has been out of use since Amaryllis closed at the start of the year. Like its Leeds forerunner, it will serve British retro-classic meals in a contemporary setting.

It will be the second restaurant Pallagi has opened within two years and will take him one step closer to meeting his aim of opening five Rooms within five years. Pallagi said he was examining other potential sites.

The general manager of Room Glasgow will be 34-year-old Andrew Christon. He has worked as a footman to the Queen, and in London as lounge manager in Claridge's and private rooms manager at the Dorchester hotel.

He comes on board from private members' club owner CCA International, for which he worked in clubs across Europe and Asia, most recently in Osaka, Japan.

Pallagi said: "His next challenge is putting Room on the map in Scotland."

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