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Award-winning chef Graeme Cheevers to open Unalome in Glasgow

A new restaurant is set to launch in Glasgow’s Finnieston area, which may finally bring a Michelin star to the city after almost 17 years without one.

Published: December 3, 2020
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Award-winning chef, Graeme Cheevers, is set to open, Unalome, his first solo venture, on Kelvingrove Street - the site where The Sisters restaurant once was - in February 2021.

Graeme has had a hugely successful career with Geoffrey Smeddle at fine dining restaurant Étain, Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond and the luxury Isle of Eriska Hotel.

The restaurant will undergo a significant refurbishment before opening the doors to customers at the beginning of next year.

Traditionally a Buddhist symbol representing the path each person takes in life, Graeme has chosen Unalome to signify something new and completely different for Glasgow’s food scene.

What's on the menu?

Unalome’s offering will be modern European and will feature high quality suppliers and ingredients, sourced locally where possible.

Graeme’s vision for the menu is that it will change weekly so the dining experience will constantly evolve.

The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week with around 60 covers in total. It is estimated that the £350,000 investment into Unalome will also create 50 jobs in the city.

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No stranger to the Michelin guide, Graeme worked at Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond and Isle of Eriska Hotel - both Michelin Star restaurants.

He is hoping to continue that success with Unalome and bring a star to Glasgow for the first time since Gordon Ramsay's Amaryllis restaurant, which closed in 2004.

He said: “There is nowhere else I would rather launch my own restaurant than in my home city of Glasgow.

"It is scary going solo, but I feel like I’m now at a point in my career where I’m ready and I have the confidence and experience to take it forward and make it a success.

“Unalome will be a dining experience unlike anything else you’ll find in the city. But, it will also be accessible and relaxed so that everyone can come and enjoy it.

"I don’t want it to be an occasion restaurant – I want people to visit again and again and experience something slightly different every time.

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“We’re hitting the ground running and have high hopes to achieve Glasgow’s first Michelin star since 2004 within our first year.

"To follow the successes of Andrew Fairlie or Gordon Ramsay in Glasgow would be incredible. I can’t wait to get started.”

James Newton, co-director of Unalome, added: “We’re hugely optimistic and excited about investing in the long-term within Glasgow’s vibrant food and drink scene.

"With the creation of 50 jobs, we believe this is a bit of much-needed good news after what has been a challenging year for all. Dependent on Scottish Government restrictions, we are hopeful we will be welcoming our first diners by February 2021.”

For more information, visit the restaurant's website.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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