A PLAN to re-open the historic Cabin Restaurant in Dumbarton Road, Glasgow has been unveiled.
But the would-be operator says the proposed coffee shop/bistro will only be viable if permission is given to knock through into the adjacent retail unit at 1000 Dumbarton Road to create extra space for kitchen, toilets and back of house accommodation.
A change-of-use application has been lodged with Glasgow City Council.
The eatery would have around 40 seats and be open 10m to 10pm.
The Cabin and its predecessors have existed at the site since the 1890s making it the oldest working restaurant in Glasgow until closure in 2015.
A statement submitted to planners explains: “The applicant seeks to restore The Cabin to its original beauty to create a vibrant and much-needed social hub which is spacious, accessible and relevant to today’s clientele.
“The restaurant will have a bistro and coffee shop feel serving food and coffee throughout the day and evenings. Dumbarton Road, Whiteinch currently only has two working sit-in units — The Big Belly Deli and the Lotus Lebanese Restuarant.
“This means that Whiteinch is currently served by only two restaurants or cafes along this one mile stretch which is woefully inadequate in terms of community amenity. In contrast there is a huge predominance of Class 1 [retail] units.
“We understand and appreciate that Glasgow City Council has a rule that a shop unit must have been marketed without success for 12 months or more before change of use can be permitted however we would ask Glasgow City Council to take a view on this due to the importance of the site and its function.
“The applicant…has calculated that enlargement of the restaurant is vital to the viability and ongoing success of the business.
“The current layout allows for only a small and tightly packed front of house area with very little space for the quantity of covers necessary to achieve viability or to meet with modern building regulations for access and toilet provision.
“We would ask that Glasgow City Council look favourably upon this change-of-use application to allow the Cabin Restaurant, Glasgow’s oldest restaurant, a strong chance of having a sustainable and successful future.”