Hutchesons Bar & Brasserie, is set to received a makeover this summer as RUSK & RUSK seek to bolster its reputation as one of Scotland’s flagship restaurants.
Co-founders, James & Louise Rusk, initially redeveloped Hutchesons in 2014 when they took on the ambitious task of transforming one of Glasgow’s oldest and most recognised architectural icons into a marquee dining destination.
An instant hit on the cities burgeoning restaurant scene, Hutchesons has garnered a reputation as being one the most luxurious venues in the country with it’s Scottish inspired menu, grand interiors and high-end service. And its that initial success that has inspired RUSK & RUSK to press ahead with a refresh of the concept, co-founder James Rusk explained that “for us, it’s about making sure we never rest on our laurels. Hutchesons has been a massive hit in its formative years, and in order for us to continue that success, we need to make sure we are constantly evolving with the times and we see now as the perfect opportunity to create a new-look Hutchesons.”
The restaurants in the RUSK & RUSK estate have become synonymous for their interior design and decor; their latest venture, The Spanish Butcher sports a modern, New York loft-inspired interior whilst legendary steakhouse, The Butchershop, is a throwback to the classic hustle & bustle of midtown Manhattan. The grandeur of the Grade-A listed building that houses Hutchesons is an exciting canvas for the group to work with, co-founder Louise Rusk describes the project as “an opportunity to further enhance what is already a gorgeous restaurant”. The new Hutchesons will feature a complete overhaul of the main dining room which will sport the title ‘Hutchesons City Grill’, whilst the the ground level Champagne bar will be transformed into The 158 Club Lounge and will have a stylish boutique ambience. On the subject of the motivation behind the project, Louise told us that “we want to keep the special aura that Hutchesons has whilst giving it more of a modern, couture feeling”.
It’s not just the interiors that are changing, the menu is also being overhauled by RUSK & RUSK Group Development Chef, John Molloy, who has been tasked with putting a greater focus on steak & seafood whilst introducing dishes with a unique and original flair to them. James Rusk explains that “this is a chance for us to have some serious fun with the menu; of course we’ll retain some of the classic dishes that established us, but we’ll also be introducing some wild new creations too”.
RUSK & RUSK are regularly touted as ‘Scotland’s authority on beef’, and across their restaurants they pride themselves on serving some of the finest cuts of steak to be found anywhere in the world. Whilst Hutchesons already boasts a reputation for great steak, the new concept allows the venue to push the boundaries on their current offering by introducing a greater variation of cuts along with guests steaks sourced from the finest breeds of cattle across the world. The emphasis will continue to be on using premium, dry-aged beef from the highest regarded suppliers in the UK.
Champagne lovers have no reason to worry, whilst the Champagne & Oyster bar will be changed to The 158 Club Lounge, bubbles will still be at the forefront of the menu, along with a revamped cocktail list that uses ingredients such as aged rums, whiskies and sake’s to create innovative drinks. Louise Rusk is quick to point out that “we’ve become the leading outlet for Champagne in Scotland, with our events & parties causing a splash as far away as London, and we’ll continue to do so. We have an affinity with Champagne, in particular Veuve Clicquot, and we’re excited to further cement ourselves as one of the UK’s leading Champagne sellers.”
The refurbishments take place over a two week period in mid-July and will be complete in time for the launch of this years Merchant City Festival on Friday, July 21st, and people can expect a number of events and parties to coincide with the re-launch.