THIRD Restaurant Operator Lined up For Iconic West End Location

20 February, 2021 | Food and Drink, Listed / Historic Buildings

THE final vacant food/drink unit at the revamped former Botanic Gardens Garage is to be occupied by seafood restaurant Crabshakk.

The refurbished A-listed building in Vinicombe Street, near Byres Road, already has Nandos on part of the ground floor and Ka Pao in the basement.

Crabshakk will take remaining ground floor space. Their proposal also includes a local florist using the former garage ramp, which is under the adjoining tenement.

Documents submitted to the council on behalf of Crabshakk state: “After establishing itself as a catalyst in Finnieston, this rare and exciting seafood restaurant, has committed to expanding into the West End at Vinicombe Street.

“Crabshakk is a restaurant owned by an architect, so it’s not surprising that John Macleod has been tempted by this iconic listed building and the opportunity to help re-invigorate a place that has been empty for decades.”

It continues: “The owner has partnered with artists and craftspeople to ensure that art is not just a token gesture in this interior. Wherever possible, the furniture, the counters and the decorative pieces will be locally commissioned and sourced.

“Lightboxes, screen printed panels, paintings and ceramics will all contribute to make a place that could exist in no other city, for no other restaurant.”

A heritage statement explains: “The proposed florist shop retail concession…will add to visual interest and activity within the street during the daytime and, by its very nature, will have a low impact on the ramp structure itself. The proposals involve replacement of the non-original frontage with a new doorway and opening frontage in timber.”

A number of minor internal and external alterations are proposed plus external seating.

Applications for planning permission and listed building consent have been submitted to Glasgow City Council.

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