This October, Rusk & Rusk were delighted to create a bespoke dining experience for the official launch of ROX AW 17 magazine: The Frost Edition. From dressing ROX's Thrill Room at their flagship Argyle Arcade store on Glasgow's Buchanan street, to creating a bespoke, astrological themed menu, this was a luxury event of gorgeous distinction.
As for the publication, Rusk & Rusk co-founder, Louise Rusk, was asked by Rox’s to share her favourite hot spots in the city of Glasgow for their Insiders Guide. You can read the full interview below…
Louise is one half of leading hospitality business Rusk & Rusk. Continually coming up with new and exciting ventures Louise is known for her forward thinking and dynamic approach in Glasgow’s restaurant scene.
Q: What is an average day like for you living and working in Glasgow?
LR: I’m an early bird as I have kids, so I’m up at about 6am when I try to get a window of quiet time to get organised. I live in Helensburgh, so by the time I leave I’m usually in town for around 9:30am. There’s a lot of manoeuvring when it comes to hospitality, so organisation is key. Especially nowhaving 120 staff throughout the three companies- you have to ensure that everyone is at the top of their game. Then of course there’s lots of phone calls, meetings and having to keep in touch with the team to ensure everything is ticking over. No two days are the same, which is the beauty of this business. I usually get home about 7pm at night, get the kids sorted and then another hour of work before Netflix. It’s important to switch off.
Q: Tell us a little bit about your career…
LR: I actually started out in the fitness industry. I was also a pro-Irish dancer, before moving into hospitality with my husband, James. Glasgow has been great to me. It’s a city that embraces change through art, design and fashion. It’s a beautiful and all encompassing city. It has something for everyone.
Q: What do you think of Glasgow’s social scene?
LR: I love Glasgow. I think it’s one of the most vibrant and energetic cities to be part of. The saying ‘People Make Glasgow’ is so true- the whole foundation is based on everyone working together, whether it’s businesses or locals to make it a really great place. I first arrived 13 years ago and have loved every minute.
Q: Can you recommend any hidden gems?
LR: Glasgow has lots of gems! It really has something for everyone. Whether it’s wandering down Buchanan Street to check out the shops or visiting Mitchell Lane with its secret bars and The Lighthouse (with the best views of the city). Miller Street is also definitely a hidden gem. I think it used to be have a real scene which disappeared. But it’s making a real comeback! With hot spots like The Spanish Butcher, Paesano and Virginia Court- there’s lots to choose from. I also think Mitchell Street is also one to watch.
Q: Top tips for tourists?
LR: Buchanan Street and Ingram Street for some of the best shopping in the UK! You’ll be spoilt for choice. Glasgow architecture is stunning - it’s one of my favourite things. I don’t think people really think about it, but you’ve got to walk around with your head looking up because the architecture in the city is amazing. It’s a really unique city with a lot to offer.
Q: What is your favourite thing about your city?
LR: It has everything you could ever need. From bars and shops to galleries and beautiful city parks. It’s all done really well. There is also always something happening. It’s hard not to get caught up in everything. There’s a city vibe, like with London or New York- it’s the same buzz. It’s party of life to go out and enjoy all that the city has to offer. For me, that includes eating and drinking with family and friends- the perfect night out! It’s exciting to be part of it. The changes that have happened since we started out seven years ago are incredible! I can’t wait to see what happens next!
Q: Plans for the future?
LR: Always growing. We are in plans to open a new venue in early 2018, so watch this space…
*This feature is transcribed from AW17 ROX: The Frost Issue
* Photography by Gerardo Jaconelli