This month, we are thrilled to announce RUSK & RUSK's co-founders Louise Rusk & James Rusk are cover stars for Nespresso's global publication So Nespresso as part of their Glasgow edition. The magazine showcases the very best of Glasgow and we are very proud to offer our contribution to the city's global appeal along with Gaz Mac Siobhan Mackenzie Bluebellgray Liam Hughes. Some really interesting stories and recommendations so get your hands on a copy if you can!
It’s been a busy couple of weeks for RUSK & RUSK as we’ve been gearing up to open the doors of our newest restaurant, bar and events space So L.A. on Mitchell Street.
So L.A. is the fourth addition to the RUSK & RUSK collection. Situated on 43 Mitchell Street, the new all-day venue is inspired by the vibrancy and diversity of the West Coast’s drinking and dining scene, and will be the first of its kind to land in Scotland. So L.A. boasts an inclusive and highly inventive menu, which will appeal to meat lovers, vegetarians and vegans alike. Diners can expect bold flavour combinations that celebrate the eclectic cultures and cuisines known for influencing the Californian dining scene; with signature dishes including the Sautéed Chickpea Panisse, Street Corn and Miso Glazed Beef Fillet, the menu has already made quite an impression on its early diners.
Behind the venue’s floor to ceiling glass frontage, discerning guests will find a luxurious homage to the atmosphere and energy of downtown L.A. – perfectly channelled through the restaurant’s mysterious urban walkway, sweeping charcoal leather booths and neon-rimmed light backdrops.
In the bar area to the front of the venue, a striking 25-foot fluted teak, concrete-topped bar takes centre stage. Carefully considered lush foliage and floor-standing antique mirrors contrasted with concrete wall tiles seamlessly combine raw and natural design elements.
Hidden beneath the bar and restaurant, guests will find The White Box – a spectacular, subterranean urban garden designed for private functions. White exposed brick walls, stylish lighting and an ostentatious entrance, make for a stunning and highly flexible city centre space.
RUSK & RUSK co-founder Louise Rusk commented;
“At RUSK & RUSK, we are deeply committed to bringing the best, progressive cuisine and cutting-edge spaces to Scotland – and we believe So L.A. delivers on both of these things in a big way.”
James Rusk added, “California has always been a real pioneer when it comes to the culinary arts— from its extraordinary use of fresh produce to its rich and moody neon-lined interiors. So L.A. is a new concept that channels all of this and pushes the boundaries of our current offering, and we’re incredibly excited that it’s finally here.”
Ahead of opening to the public on Friday 9th November, media and friends of RUSK & RUSK were invited to sample some key dishes and drinks including our signature City of Angels sharing cocktail. Guests also took advantage of the limited edition So L.A. baseball caps.
The launch of So L.A. marks an incredibly exciting time for RUSK & RUSK and we are overwhelmed by the reception we’ve received so far. Californian vibes are spreading throughout Scotland so watch this space!
Check out the menu and book your place at solaglasgow.com
On Friday November 2nd, we were privileged to once again sponsor Action Medical Research’s fundraiser Killer Heels & Cocktails.
Our RUSK & RUSK co-founder Louise Rusk is Scottish Ambassador of Action Medical Research and has been Chair of this fantastic event for the past two years. Louise works closely with the charity and committee members to create an unforgettable and memorable ladies lunch whilst raising as much money as possible for this extremely important childrens charity.
The RUSK & RUSK team helped produce several new additions for this year’s event including a bespoke range of Killer Heels notebook, candles and other merchandise. For the 2018 event, there was also the introduction of Rox in a Box, which gave our guests a a chance to win a pair of diamond earrings donated by official jewellery sponsor ROX.
The event was held at The Grand Central Hotel where guests were welcomed in the morning with a glamorous jazz cocktail reception with a great display of ruffle and feathers.
In the grand ballroom, Britain’s Got Talent’s Edward Reid performed an amazing Greatest Showman routine along with the The Pink Acid Dancers while guests took their seats for lunch.
Welcomed back was event host Heart FM’s DJ Paul Harper who set the tone for the afternoon whilst our energetic auctioneer Alex Fleming shook things up as bids flew around the room for the What a Girl Wants auction.
All in all, everyone’s generosity in the auction paid back in spades with over £100,000 raised for the charity. Planning an event that would top previous years and give even more back to the charity was always going to be a challenge but we are so thrilled with what has been accomplished this year.
The Soulstars finished proceedings off with a show-stopping performance performing a host of Motown hits.
Afterwards guests were whisked away to The 158 Club Lounge at Hutchesons City Grill for the official after party, courtesy of Glasgow Taxis . The most dedicated guests then partied the evening away at Glasgow’s most stylish venue with, of course, some amazing cocktails!
We’d like to extend a massive thanks to the main sponsors Investec & Iona Crawford as well as the support sponsors Cruise, Hendricks Gin, Strathmore, Eden Mill, Standard Real Estate Ltd, Corum, Rox, Moet Hennessy, Glasgow Taxis, Kidd Promo & Saved by Robots. All parties helped make the event the huge success due to their fantastic generosity and hard work.
Action Medical Research have been funding medical breakthroughs since they began in 1952 and fulfil a critical role in saving thousands of children’s live and change many more. The prospects for finding new cures and treatments are almost within our grasp. The charity have vital research ready to go but simply can’t fund it all.
With your help we’re determined to change this and make a real difference for children.
Wow! Just when it seemed last year’s summer series couldn’t be topped, RUSK & RUSK have produced the bubbliest, busiest Veuve Cliquot summer series yet.
Throughout the summer, the halls of Hutchesons have seen countless bottles of prosecco drunk, countless selfies at thenow infamous flower wall, hundreds or plates of food and of course hundreds of wonderful guests in its midst.
This year RUSK & RUSK hosted five champagne brunch parties in total including Hutchella, Acceptable in the 80s, Carnaval and two Rose Garden Parties. The theme of each was demonstrated through the menu, decor, entertainment with the hall morphing from festival scene to exotic Carribean party from event to event.
It is, however the staple combination of our co-founder James Rusk’s hosting style (novel shall we say?!) and the majestic plates from our chefs paired with the outstanding Hutchesons surroundings and energy from brunch guests, that makes the atmosphere of our Veuve Clicquot champagne brunches truly special. The feedback from one RUSK & RUSK guest summarised it perfectly.
Behind the success of the champagne parties is, of course, a huge amount of work from all RUSK & RUSK team involved, from invitations, to prop-sourcing to fizz pouring, we are hugely thankful to our unique, hardworking team who are dedicated to making each event one that our guests will remember.
As RUSK & RUSK grow along with the popularity of our events, we continue to constantly look forward and ensure we are always improving and evolving. We work within a unique space in Scotland, entertaining guests with a truly inimitable events. We want to make people feel great and we will continue to find new and innovative ways to do this so watch this space, our future events are set to truly astound!
Every year, The Butchershop Bar & Grill love to get involved with the annual Taxi’s to Troon fund. This year was no different, with our staff on hand to hand out rolls for the road for all the awesome drivers, children, parents and carers getting ready to set off to Troon. Whether it was a Bacon Buttie, Roll and Sausage or Roll and Tattie scone they fancied, we had them all ready and waiting to fill their hungry bellies.
The amazing Glasgow Taxis organise this event every year to bring smiles to many children and the entire city. Since 1945, taxi drivers of Glasgow have annually sent free taxis out to Troon to provide an unforgettable day out for the children who need it most! 2018 marked the 73rd instalment of the event. The spectacle of the decorated taxis and dressed-up drivers coupled with the incredible atmosphere provide a wonderful day for all involved.
RUSK & RUSK have had an action-packed couple of weeks teaming up with some Britain’s most inspirational women to discuss the highs and lows of being a leader in their respective industry and offering some words of wisdom to others.
This kicked off with the RBS 100 Women event on Thursday 6th September which took place at the Barras Art and Design Centre (BAaD) in Glasgow’s east end and was attended by a many of Scotland’s inspirational, aspiring women in business.
Co-founder of restaurant, design and lifestyle group RUSK & RUSK, Louise Rusk was honoured to speak at the event, chaired by journalist and blogger Susie Cormack Bruce, to discuss the idea of ‘imposter syndrome’ – the feeling that you don’t belong in the category of ‘businessperson’. The panel discussed their own ways of overcoming this by trusting their instincts, staying true to themselves and pushing back against naysayers.
This topic continued as RUSK & RUSK hosted it’s latest Bubbles & Brunch event on Friday 14th September where guest of honour Marie Macklin shared her very honest account of how she used her authenticity, heart and determination to become a success in business along with her future global expansion plans for her business, HALO Urban Regeneration Company.
Hosted by Louise Rusk and Global Scotland’s Managing Director Tracey McNellan, the event brought together a community of thinkers and leaders, allowing them to share ideas, connect and discuss all things business in a relaxed atmosphere.
We received some fantastic feedback on this Bubbles & Brunch event with Marie herself commenting it is ‘truly a unique way to network with the business community’.
The event marked the last of this year’s Bubbles & Brunch series for this year. Previous guests have included Partick Thistle FC and Indigo PR chairwomen Jacqui Low and ‘first Lady of hairdressing’ Rita Rusk.
We’re passionate about bringing together people in business to share their stories and create new ideas and partnerships so keep your eyes peeled for similar upcoming events coming in the new year.
“We all know veganism is cooler than cool. But actually, so is meat – particularly when it’s grass-fed, hung-on the bone beef, dry-aged for 35 days. And nowhere does that quite like The Butchershop Bar and Grill, set up by Louise and her husband James Rusk.”
Whilst everyone at RUSK & RUSK have always been aware of our co-founder Louise’s cool credentials, it seems the rest of the world have begun to catch on as Louise was announced as one of the top 50 in The Herald Scotland’s Cool List.
Jokes aside, to be on a list rubbing shoulders with the likes of Judy Murray and Christopher Kane is humbling. Louise is described as being behind some of Glasgow’s coolest eateries, a fantastic mention and moment of reflection for the RUSK & RUSK restaurant collection.
Something exciting coming soon from RUSK & RUSK.
In celebration of the beginning of the World Cup, RUSK & RUSK were thrilled to be invited to cater for an awesome event held in collaboration with ROX and Hublot. On Thursday 31st of May, the iconic Argyle Arcade mall was transformed into an awesome football pitch, encouraging an exciting evening of friendly competition and an abundance of food and drink.
With more than 150 guests in attendance, including Rugby Players Finn Russell and Rory Hughes, attendees were split into teams to begin their very own World Cup tournament. Hosted by Sky Sports broadcaster Geoff Shreeves, several games of table football were played in the chance to win a prize of two tickets to attend any group stage match of the Champions League next year alongside flights and accommodation.
As well as the hunger to win the outstanding prize, in between games, guests eagerly indulged in our football inspired snacks! From mini venison hotdogs to duck and haggis pie, they certainly hit the spot to keep the energy of the game going.
The evening was a huge success, with visitors leaving high on excitement and full of delicious food. If you’re seeking external event support, whether it be catering or executing a completely bespoke experience, is something RUSK & RUSK can provide for any occasion. Contact us directly for more details.
Bride to be Steph Telfer decided to make a special occasion extra special last month by proposing to her bridesmaids in the setting of our beautiful Hutchesons City Grill. Our team were delighted to be apart of the special day, ensuring that every detail was beautifully designed to pop the questions to the special ladies in her life.
Ordering personalised Mud Urban Flowers bouquets for each bridesmaid and writing out a personalised card for each, Steph was eager to surprise her leading ladies. Treating them to a delicious Bubbles and Brunch in our City Grill, our staff presented the ladies with their beautiful bouquets after toasting with a glass of fizz.
Our venues are the perfect spaces to prepare a unique surprise, no matter the size of the party or subject matter. From Bubbles and Brunch in our City Grill to a completely bespoke experience in our Glenfarclas Private Dining Room, the possibilities are endless.
To enquire about a large event, small party booking or anything other event queries please reach out to Info@hutchesonsglasgow.com
Glasgow Taxis Ltd. drivers have always had the gift of the gab, now, they have the gift of the card.
In this first stage of giveaways, a team of Glasgow Taxi volunteers will be hitting the streets of Glasgow on Wednesday 11 July, to prize 3,000 Glasgow Gift Cards to some lucky locals.
Accepted in more than 80 local businesses, the Glasgow-wide gift card is a prepaid Mastercard that can be spent at the city’s leading restaurants, shops, attractions and now, in more than 800 Glasgow Taxis.
Chairman Stephen Flynn stopped by Hutchesons City Grill in a brand new electric cab to accept payment for a taxi trip from RUSK & RUSK Co-Founder, Louise Rusk.
We are now accepting the card across The RUSK & RUSK Collection, including The Butchershop Bar & Grill, Hutcheson's City Grill, The 158 Club Lounge and The Spanish Butcher.
Created and supported by Scottish Enterprise, the Glasgow gifting initiative provides the perfect present, with consumers being able to discover and enjoy the best of Glasgow with one handy card at their fingertips.
Louise Rusk said:
"The Glasgow gift card is a gateway to incredible independent experiences, and we're excited to part of a scheme which provides customers with endless choice.
"Users of the card can discover cocktails in The 158 Club Lounge, have brunch at our Summer Series events in Hutchesons or sip cava in the stylish surroundings of The Spanish Butcher - the choice is yours."
Speaking on behalf of the Glasgow Taxis Ltd. executive committee, chairman Stephen Flynn said:
"We are always looking for ways to make it easier for our customers to find their way across the city and this payment option is a welcome addition.
"We love the fact that a tourist can explore the city; enjoy a cocktail in Finnieston then hop in a cab to a top restaurant all with one gift card.
"Whether you want to pay via gift card, card, cash or through our app, it's now even easier for you to travel in across the city in our cabs."
Working like other gifting schemes, the card is a prepaid Mastercard and the balance can be spent on any businesses that are signed up to the scheme. Just choose an amount online at www.glasgowgiftcard.com and the loaded gift card, and it will be sent out by post ready for spending.
The new product supports the city's Tourism and Visitor Plan to 2023, which provides the blueprint for continuing to grow Glasgow's global profile as a must-visit destination and is focused on increasing overnight leisure tourism visits by one million over the next seven years.
Sallyann Tindall, project manager Scottish Enterprise said:
"Scottish Enterprise is delighted to be able to support the development of the Glasgow Gift Card and we hope many more businesses in the city will get behind it.
“We aim to encourage visitors to explore Glasgow's vibrant neighbourhoods and provide them with opportunities to experience great restaurants and attractions across the city centre in an accessible way."
Designed and operated by Miconex, the card is available at any sum from £10 to £500. Customers can use it in one go or several visits to different businesses. You can buy the gift card at www.glasgowgiftcard.com.
For all our sporting fans out there, we have the perfect setting for all your viewing needs. Whether it’s the World Cup or Wimbledon, our Glenfarclas Private Dining room in Hutchesons City Grill is the perfect space to watch all your favourite games. Our Glenfarclas Private Dining is a truly unique space which offers bespoke menus to suit all occasions - seating up to 20 guests. To enquire about our Glenfarclas Dining Room, contact Hutchesons City Grill directly on 0141 552 4050 or visit our website.
Huge thanks to The CIS Excellence Awards for hosting a fabulous evening on Thursday the 31st of May.
We are thrilled that the The Spanish Butcher won Restaurant Newcomer of the Year! All the team at RUSK & RUSK are honoured to be recognised for such a prestigious award.
Congratulations to all winners & nominees of the evening! #CISAwards
On the 20th of May 2018, RUSK & RUSK attended The Scottish Food Awards at the grand King’s Hall in Edinburgh. The awards ceremony celebrated many individuals from within the hospitality sector, from business owners to chefs of the year.
Arriving to a beautiful champagne reception, RUSK & RUSK were excited to attend such a prestigious event. The night proceeded with a stunning 3 course meal to please guests and nominees as anticipation built before the announcement of the awards. RUSK & RUSK were nominated for two awards and were thrilled to walk away with both.
Honoured to receive one of the top awards of the evening, James and Louise Rusk received the prestigious award of ‘Restauranteurs of the Year 2018’. In addition to this, our group development chef John Molloy was delighted to receive the ‘Development Chef of the Year 2018’, another huge achievement.
Celebrations continued into the night for RUSK & RUSK HQ, ecstatic to be part of such a successful night!
On Sunday the 13th of May, team Rusk & Rusk attended the prestigious British Institute of Inkeeping Awards. A celebration of licensees who go the extra mile to achieve excellence within their businesses, it was a great honour for the team to be nominated for two awards.
Held at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow and hosted by the wonderful Jennifer Reoch, the evening was a smashing success for Rusk & Rusk. With The Butchershop Bar & Grill winning Food Operator of the Year and Rusk & Rusk picking up the coveted Licensee of the Year award, it's safe to say the company was thrilled to be recognised for its hard work over the years.
Here at Rusk & Rusk, we are big on creating perfect memories, and what better occasion is there to celebrate than Graduation?
With a free glass of fizz for every graduate, and a range of settings and set menus to choose from, you will truly be spoiled for choice.
Hutchesons City Grill
Hutchesons City Grill is the perfect location to celebrate in style. Enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner made with the freshest Scottish produce in our decadent City Grill, and then head down to our 158 Club Lounge afterwards to keep the champagne flowing.
The Spanish Butcher
If you’re looking to celebrate in one of the ‘hottest new restaurants in the world’ as described by CNN, then look no further than The Spanish Butcher. Known for its cool, Manhattan loft style interiors and succulent Galician meat, this is the perfect location if you’re looking to celebrate with a Mediterranean twist. Enjoy a 3-course meal and choose from our wide selection of Champagne and Cava.
The Butchershop Bar & Grill
For the perfect family setting, then head to the Butchershop Bar and Grill within Glasgow’s West End. For steak cooked to perfection and an atmosphere sure to make you feel like a Rock Star, you’ll be more than satisfied. For a 3-course dinner packed full of flavour, look no further.
After the many months of hard work and grafting to get to that finish line, you’ve finally made it, congratulations graduate! We hope you will choose to celebrate with us and we will be ready and waiting to give you a graduation day you’ll never forget.
On Saturday evening, Rusk & Rusk HQ attended the Scottish Style Awards at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Celebrated in association with Moet & Chandon, the evening honoured several inspirational individuals and enterprises. The night was a smashing success.
The Spanish Butcher was named ‘Most Stylish Restaurant’ 2018 succeeding Hutchesons City Grill who won the coveted award in 2015. This is a huge achievement for RUSK & RUSK.
Hosted by Pollyanna McIntosh, the night began with a delicious 3 course meal and champagne flowing. Filled to the brim with the finest food and drink, anticipation began to build as each of the awards began to be announced.
When the category of Most Stylish restaurant was announced, we were thrilled to be announced as the winner of Most Stylish Restaurant in Scotland. Being up against some incredible nominees, we were truly honoured and humbled to receive such an incredible award.
As the night continued, Rusk & Rusk HQ celebrated and enjoyed the rest of an incredibly stylish and exciting evening. From a fashion show by Harris Tweed, to an electrifying after party, it’s safe to say, we ended the night on an absolute high!
The Spanish Butcher has been shortlisted for Best Restaurant in the GQ Magazine Food & Drink Awards 2018!
It is an honour to be the only restaurant nominated North of the border and we are thrilled to be representing Scotland at the upcoming awards ceremony.
“Amazing Womens Awards Ambassador Louise Rusk is behind some of Scotland’s top restaurants and tells us about her excitement of the awards congratulating Scottish Women because they truly deserve it.” – No.1 Magazine
This coming March, Rusk & Rusk are proud to announce that co-founder, Louise Rusk, will be an ambassador at the first ever No.1 Amazing Women Awards. Recognising inspiring women around Scotland, the event coincides with International Women’s Day and is set to be filled with many well-deserved recognitions.
No.1 Magazine is set to celebrate everything that strong Scottish women stand for. From kind gestures to building empires, all the women involved with the event are truly inspiring, which is why the publication has chosen to recognise them with a special evening. Speaking of the awards, Louise stated:
“There are so many great things that women are doing and they often go unnoticed. These awards are creating awareness, and, at the same time, congratulating women for what they have achieved in whatever particular area that award is for.
I love that each award is different. You have business achievements and community spirit; amazing women come from all walks of life. It’s a great mixture and I think it’s important that they’re recognised for their achievements.”
No.1 Magazine spoke to our awesome co-founder about her journey to becoming such an inspiring business woman, which you can read all about in their current issue.
The inaugural event will be held at the Old Fruitmarket Glasgow on Thursday 8th March 2018, in celebration of International Women’s Day. To buy tickets, follow the link below: