Take Three: Old favourites, new regimes
Two Fat Ladies @ the Buttery
652 Argyle Street, Glasgow, 0141 221 8188, www.twofatladiesrestaurant.com
A kitchen fire in late 2006 might have spelt the end of this venerable restaurant, but Ryan James, who was already running a brace of Two Fat Ladies restaurants in the city, took it on, enhanced many of the original features and coupled it up to his brand to create a widely admired new destination restaurant.
62 Argyle Arcade, Glasgow, 0141 221 8886, www.sloansglasgow.com
This venue claims to be Glasgow’s oldest restaurant, which is why its renaming as Bastille Taverne a couple of years back just didn’t work. In 2007 Oli Norman and the Baby Grand Group restored much of the Grade-A listed building, including the first floor restaurant, the ornate ballroom and the name.
Café St Honoré
34 North West Thistle Street Lane, Edinburgh, 0131 226 2211
Chris and Gill Colverson’s 15-year tenure at this spot in the heart of Edinburgh’s city centre ended in April 2008, and the Parisian-style brasserie is now being run by the team behind Atrium and blue. Ben Radford, 22-year-old son of Atrium owners Andrew and Lisa Radford, is now head chef.