Brasserie plans for ‘dry’ site could bring 20 jobs

Evening Times - - NEWS - By SCOTT WRIGHT

A HOSPI­TAL­ITY duo have cho­sen a site in a tra­di­tion­ally “dry” area of Scot­land to launch their lat­est out­let.

Glas­gow restau­ra­teurs Phillip and Grace Reilly have re­vealed plans to open a bar and brasserie in Clark­ston later this year, cre­at­ing apo­ten­tial 20 jobs.

It will be the hus­band and wife team’s sec­ond ven­ture, join­ing their ex­ist­ing Loks Bar & Kitchen, lo­cated off Kil­marnock Road in New­lands.

Clark­ston, a sub­urb on the south side of Glas­gow, had been Scot­land’s last sur­viv­ing “dry” area un­til 2006, when the first al­co­hol li­cence was granted for the area.

Mr and Mrs Reilly have pur­chased the free­hold of a build­ing which for many years traded as a Bean­scene cof­fee shop. But since 2014 the unit has seen sev­eral dif­fer­ent bars and restau­rants come and go, hav­ing most re­cently traded as The Sta­bles.

While the site has chal­lenged pre­vi­ous op­er­a­tors, the op­tions for eat­ing out for Clark­ston lo­cals have broad­ened in re­cent years with the open­ing of restau­rants such as Michelan­gelo’s and the Over­lee bar. It also has a sprin­kling of cafes, del­i­catessens and a craft beer store, although re­cently a burger restau­rant, BRGR, closed, cit­ing chal­lenges caused by main­te­nance works to the car park which sits above.

Mr Reilly, who lives lo­cally, be­lieves there is a gap in the Clark­ston mar­ket they can fill. While he ac­cepts that “you can never know for sure” that any out­let will suc­ceed, he hopes the ex­pe­ri­ence the cou­ple can bring to bear will make a dif­fer­ence.

Both have 15 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try be­hind them. Mr Reilly is a one-time head chef at the Cruther­land House Ho­tel in East Kil­bride, while Mrs Reilly is a for­mer oper­a­tions man­ager of the Hous­ton House Ho­tel.

They launched Loks in Pol­lok in 2014, which came af­ter the cou­ple ex­ten­sively re­fur­bished a build­ing pre­vi­ously home to ju­nior team Pol­lok FC’s so­cial club.

Mr Reilly’s par­ents have also been “pub peo­ple for decades” and run Sub­ur­ban Tav­erns, owner of bars such as the Ali­son Arms, Beech­ings, the Quar­ter Gill and Lea Rig. He said: “Clark­ston is a hub for sev­eral large, af­flu­ent com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing Nether­lee, Stam­per­land, Busby, Wil­liamwood and per­haps Giffnock, as well as the town it­self, and while there are var­i­ous good places about there is room for a stylish, re­laxed, in­de­pen­dent bar and bistro, serv­ing a wide va­ri­ety of drinks and food.

“It has been sug­gested to us by lo­cal peo­ple that they would like some­where on their doorstep, that has a friendly com­mu­nity at­mos­phere, where they can pop in for a drink and a light bite or meal, any time of the day.

“They also want some­where that’s a draw at the week­ends, where they can lis­ten to bit of live mu­sic with­out hav­ing to ven­ture into the city.”

The cou­ple have al­ready be­gun strip­ping out the build­ing and have lodged a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to the lo­cal au­thor­ity seek­ing con­sent for their scheme.

They hope the out­let will be up and run­ning by the mid­dle of sum­mer, although that will de­pend on the plan­ning process.

Be­yond pur­su­ing sim­i­larly high stan­dards on food, drink and ser­vice, the Clark­ston ven­ture will not seek to repli­cate Loks.

It is hoped the venue will em­ploy up to 20 staff. Loks, which turns over around £1 mil­lion, has about 30 staff.

Phillip and Grace Reil­ly­plan to open a bar and brasserie in Clark­ston

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