The Ivy is to open yet another site, this time in Glasgow, on Buchanan Street.
The brand will launch later in the summer and will be it’s second foray into Scotland.
There are now more Ivy restaurants than there were branches of Jamie’s Italian. At last tally there were 33 Ivy’s in the UK and Ireland, whereas until recently there were 25 Jamie’s Italians (of which 3 remain).
According to last year’s survey, it is definitely not the food ( “mediocre“) which is setting them apart. But when The Ivy moves into town, it generally mops up, showing the commercial sure-footedness Caring showed with the less glam Côte chain in combining quality sites with food that’s dependable enough.
Defying the brouhaha surrounding casual dining, The Ivy is doing just fine, and the latest outpost will be set across two floors, offering 222 covers. It’ll be a brasserie: one of a selection of guises the group rather confusingly operates under.
Dishes, overseen by head chef Brian Scanlan, will include heritage tomato salad, lobster linguine, and chargrilled halloumi with Padron peppers. There’ll be two bars at the site.
Baton Berisha, managing director at the Ivy Collection, said: “We are very excited to be opening our second Scottish restaurant this summer, bringing a touch of Ivy magic to Glasgow. We have a fantastic team in place and a beautiful building at 106 Buchanan Street.”