First Look: Popular restaurant group unveil exciting new Glasgow venture So L.A.

Popular restaurant group RUSK & RUSK has unveiled their latest concept in Glasgow's city centre which aims to bring a little bit of Californian sunshine to the city.

Published 9th Nov 2018
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

The firm, which are also behind The Butchershop Bar & Grill, Hutchesons City Grill, and The Spanish Butcher, are set to launch their fourth venture, So L.A., this weekend.

The California-themed venue is situated on 43 Mitchell Street and is inspired by the "vibrancy and diversity of the West coast drinking and dining scene".

So L.A.

Picture: Julia Fletcher Smith

The inventive menu has been designed to be approachable with dishes that will appeal to meat lovers, vegetarians and vegans alike, with intriguing flavour combinations that "celebrate the eclectic cultures and cuisines that influence the Californian dining scene".

Signature dishes from the kitchen include the Szechuan Duck Doughnut, Sautéed Chickpea Panisse, Street Corn and Miso Glazed Beef Fillet.

So L.A,.

(KFC) Korean Fried Cauliflower. Picture: So L.A.

The drinks menu also goes big on the US style with an expansive cocktail list, Tequila Map and California cellar selection.

The brain child of James and Louise Rusk, the duo behind the RUSK & RUSK collection, the 150-cover bar and restaurant’s contemporary interior is designed to reflect the "best of California living".

So L.A.

Picture: J.F.S

Taking their cue from that easy living style, the interior mixes concrete urban finishes with lush foliage and wooden textures, with added lighting - to reflect the downtown L.A. atmosphere - to create a vibrant cocktail bar and dining space.

Beneath the bar and restaurant, they have also created The White Box – a bespoke space designed for private functions.

Louise Rusk, co-owner of RUSK & RUSK, said: “We are incredibly excited to open the doors to So L.A. and cannot wait to welcome the first of our guests over the coming days.

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"At RUSK & RUSK, we are deeply committed to bringing the best, progressive cuisine and cutting-edge spaces to Scotland – and we believe, So L.A. delivers on both of these things in a big way.”

James Rusk added: “California has always been a real pioneer when it comes to the culinary arts— from its extraordinary use of fresh produce to its rich and moody neon-lined interiors. So L.A. is a new concept that channels all of this and pushes the boundaries of our current offering, and we’re incredibly excited that it’s finally here.”

So L.A. will open to the public from Friday (9th November), offering a wide range of drinking and dining options from 11am through to midnight weekdays and 1am Friday-Saturday; brunch, lunch, pre-theatre, dinner, cocktails, Tequila and wine - as well as a unique private events space, The White Box.

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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