First Look: YO! Sushi to open new flagship store in Glasgow

Popular Japanese street food and sushi chain YO! is set to launch a new flagship restaurant in Glasgow city centre this month.

Published 19th Jun 2017
Updated 19 th Jun 2017

The new eatery will be housed in a historic building in one of the city's most prominent corner sites.

Located at 85 West George Street, YO! Glasgow Central will launch on Thursday the 29th June as part of the brand's 20th anniversary celebrations

The YO! team say culinary pleasure seekers can expect "a perfect mix of YO! classics and newly curated dishes" including hot favourites such as Katsu Curry, Ramen & Miso, Yakisoba, Chahan, Teriyaki, Gyoza and Tempura, and delicious hand made cold Nigiri, Temaki, Sashimi, Rolls and Fresh Salads.

The new restaurant have also placed Glasgow’s ‘UK’s Most Vegan Friendly City’ status at the heart of their new menu with an impressive 16 vegan and 33 vegetarian dishes.

Illustration: YO! Sushi

YO! says it will also be demonstrating its commitment to Scotland, by working with Scottish suppliers to source the best quality salmon fresh from the country’s shores and from this July only Scottish salmon will be served in YO!’s 78 restaurants across the UK.

Set within a prominent historic listed building, the new 72-cover restaurant retains much of the original cast iron frames, both internally and externally.

A new glass facade will also overlook the bustling hub of Nelson Mandela Place along with a further glass impression running the length of the building on the West George Street adjacency, and leading to a bright welcoming main entrance.

Illustration: YO! Sushi

Inside, YO!’s now legendary Kaiten belt will frame the central theatre kitchen and snake around the entire restaurant, allowing customers to grab the fresh dishes from every seat.

Elsewhere, the team say standout design features carrying distinct Japanese references will include an Origami-inspired ceiling as well as ‘Shoji’ screen-inspired cladding on the internally illuminated belt.

A new To Go menu will also be available in YO! Glasgow Central across both hot and cold dishes.

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Illustration: YO! Sushi

Commenting on the opening of Glasgow Central, YO! CEO, Robin Rowland OBE, said: “We are thrilled to confirm YO! is returning to Glasgow city centre.

“More details will be revealed very soon but YO! fans can expect to enjoy exciting new food offerings, as well as all their popular favourites, enjoyed off YO!’s legendary signature conveyor belt, and set against a cutting-edge restaurant interior.

“YO! Glasgow Central will be a fitting statement for a city we have a fantastic history with, and we can’t wait to open our doors to customers on the 29th of June.”

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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