Company behind popular Scottish steak restaurant goes into administration

The Blackhouse brand, which operates a hugely popular Scottish steak restaurant, has been put into administration.

Published 18th Jun 2020
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

The company behind the Grill on the Corner in Glasgow city centre has gone into administration meaning the future of the popular steak restaurant is uncertain.

Living Ventures has placed its Blackhouse restaurants, which includes the Grill on the Corner as well as three other restaurants in England, into administration as of 18 June.

Administrators Duff & Phelps were appointed to lead the process.

Scott Grimbleby, managing director of the businesses, said: "We have explored every avenue possible to try to save the business, however we have been left with no choice but to take this incredibly difficult decision now.

"We are working with all our teams to try and support them as best we can through this time. The administrators will be seeking to find a buyer for the businesses."

If a buyer can be found the restaurant could continue to trade.

The Blackhouse steakhouse brand recorded post-tax losses of £1.3m in the year to 30 March 2018, and later closed two Manchester restaurants.

Last year the Grill on the Corner underwent a refresh with its interiors and menu getting revamped to celebrate 12 years in the city.

The new menu made a return to Blackhouse’s roots, and steak and seafood led the way with the introduction of Scotch Beef to the dishes.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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