Glasgow city centre restaurants on the market and looking for a new lease of life

By Gary Armstrong

Hospitality is a tough business and has been particularly so over the last two years.

The pandemic has brought long-term closures amid calls for better financial support. Meanwhile, restaurants and bars have - and continue to - experience shortages in both supplies and available staff.

And while we've been heartened to see Glaswegians support our local food and drink venues amid the hardship and reported on a number of new openings since covid took hold, it was inevitable that we'd have to bring you news of businesses that have had sadly had to shut their doors.

Recently, we've stumbled across some city centre restaurants sadly no longer operating that will no doubt spark fond memories for their former diners and drinkers.

Yet it's hoped the spaces can soon be sparked back into life. Each of the following properties is currently being marketed on RightMove's commercial property for sale listings - hopefully someone can take a chance on them and see the spaces welcome in customers once more.

Fratelli Sarti's, Renfield Street

Set within a historic and beautiful building in the heart of the city centre, Fratelli Sarti can be deemed somewhat of a Glasgow institution.

The stunning Fratelli Sarti site is full of character (TSA Property Consultants Ltd)

Fear not, for although this particular location was closed last year, Sarti's are still spreading culinary joy and serving up the best in authentic Italian food at their two other city centre spots on Bath Street and Wellington Street.

Marketing the space as being part of an 'iconic city centre building', TSA Property Consultants Ltd say the ground and basement floor licensed restaurant is available for £875,000 or £69,000 per annum.

For more info, you can visit the listing on RightMove here.

Koh-I-Noor, North Street

This place, a Glasgow history maker, being the first Indian restaurant in the city, needs little introduction.

Even Billy Connolly was a regular diner in this haunt, which became famed for its legendary all you can eat buffet.

Sadly, the Koh-I-Noor announced its permanent closure shortly before the pandemic struck, in September 2019, leaving Glaswegians devastated.

However, as you can see from photos we reported on yesterday, much of the original fixtures and fittings remain. Could it be time for Koh-I-Noor to make a comeback?

CDLH are marketing the space for sale at £525,000. For more info, you can visit the listing on RightMove here.

Two Fat Ladies, Blythswood Street

The smaller sister to the fantastic Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery on Argyle Street, this city centre venue opened in 2007 and over years received rave reviews for its fresh seafood offering.

And until a temporary closure was announced in autumn last year, Glaswegians were wined and dined in a beautifully cosy setting on Blythswood Street, with a walk-in restaurant more or less ready to go for any prospective takers.

The Two Fat Ladies on Blythswood Street (TSA Property Consultants Ltd)

With an asking rental of £30,000 per annum for a leasehold opportunity - although offers of over £45,000 are sought for the fully equipped kitchen and restaurant - agents CDLH say: "The Two Fat Ladies was established many years ago and provides a first class restaurant.

"The current owner wishes to concentrate on their other restaurant businesses and have decided to make the premises available on leasehold tenure."

To view the full listing, click here.

Bar 91, Candleriggs

And there's a bar in a prime Glasgow spot on the market too, Bar 91 in the Merchant City.

A fixture outside Merchant Square for many years, it feels like most Glaswegians can probably recall a time when they've popped by this popular drinking spot for a pint or a cocktail.

Inside Bar 91 on Candleriggs (CDLH)

Like other hospitality venues in Glasgow, Bar 91 was forced to close down for months during the strictest Glasgow lockdowns, however has been trading again recently.

Marketing the space, CDLH say: "Premium offers over £125,000 are sought for the benefit of the new leasehold interest, business and trading inventory.

"Bar 91 provides an excellent opportunity for an experienced licensed operator to acquire an excellent existing business. In addition, the premises benefit from a fully fitted commercial kitchen and can easily be further developed to enhance the food offer or, indeed, operate as a dedicated restaurant."

For more info, you can visit the listing on RightMove here.

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