The Gannet: Award-winning Glasgow chefs look to open Edinburgh restaurant

The award-winning chefs at a top Glasgow eatery have set their sights on the Capital to open a new restaurant, it has been reported.

The Gannet is already a popular brand in Glasgow.

Ivan Stein and Peter McKenna from The Gannet are said to be aiming to open the Edinburgh restaurant this summer, operating as the key tenant in a new upmarket foodhall, according to The Herald.

The pair are tight-lipped on the exact location for The Gannet East, but have hinted that the new setup will be unique to Scotland.

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The menu is likely to lean heavily on Scottish shellfish, and the team are already looking to recruit a head chef for the Edinburgh endeavour.

Peter told the Herald: “It’s really exciting, there’s nothing like it in Scotland at the moment.

"We use the best Scottish ingredients and we are known for that, not just here in Scotland but across the UK. So this made perfect sense to us, it was a logical next step.

"We didn’t just want to do another version of the restaurant.”

The Gannet has helped transform Glasgow’s Finnieston area — which had previously been known more for takeaways — into one of the city’s most exciting areas to eat out in.

Since opening in October 2013, it has accrued a string of awards and rave reviews for dishes of seasonal Scottish produce, a good deal of which come from the Hebridean coast.

The idea behind the restaurant came about in 2012, when the team behind the project set off on a trip to the Hebrides to source products, having met scallop divers, oyster growers, fishermen, smokers, farmers, and game producers.