Five March to open residency at Glasgow's SWG3

Five March will open its new residency at SWG3 this month.

Published 1st Sep 2021
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

SWG3 has announced that one of Glasgow’s top restaurants Five March is launching a new residency which will see the venue’s Acid Bar dining space open its doors for the first time in a year and a half.

The West End restaurant take over the Acid Bar as Go Sangatsu from Friday 3 September.

Like its sister restaurant, Go Sangatsu will specialise in sharing plates, taking wider inspiration from further afield.

Owners of Five March Joanna Nethery and Peter Mackay - who is also the restaurant’s head chef - will take up residence in SWG3 with a focus on vibrancy, balance and quality ingredients, showcasing a fresh take on Japanese methods.

Joanna Nethery, co-owner of Five March, said: “We have a real love and respect for Japanese cuisine and as we sadly lack the generations of knowledge required to pay suitable homage, we won’t be offering a traditional menu but one inspired by foods we love.

"Through this new venture, we can see what happens when we take all that we do know and smash it into the Five March style. Go Sangatsu leans towards the experimental so we can’t think of a better venue for it than the iconic Acid Bar.”

Renowned for being a home to food, music and art, Acid Bar will host who will be showcasing a collection of work from some of Scotland’s most exciting contemporary artists.

This will include a selection of painted photographs by David James Grinly being shown for the first time from his two collections: Revival and Revolt.

Describing his work as ‘devotional’ David’s projects take many years to complete, as he shies away from commercial approaches to artistic production and exhibition this collection offers a rare opportunity to buy some of this reclusive artist’s work.

Joining David will be works from screen printer Thom Rees; collaborative duo Two Step (Beth Shapeero and Fraser Taylor; performance, soundscapes and digital imagery artist Michelle Hannah and intricate abstract artist Jamie Johnson.

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Meryl Gilbert, commercial manager at SWG3, said: “We are so excited that the Acid Bar is finally reopening.

"In the past we’ve hosted some fantastic residencies lasting anything from three months to a year with some well established names, including Ka Pao, Ox & Finch, Madlab by Cail Bruich and Julie's Kopitiam.

"Now, we're absolutely delighted to be welcoming Go Sangatsu as our first residency back after a year and a half.”

Go Sangatsu will be open from 3 September, from 5pm Thursday and Fridays, and 12pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

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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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