Food for thought

A gastronomic wedding is taking place in the West End as two popular Glasgow eateries tie the knot on their shared future. 

Chris Charalambous, owner of the 3AA Rosette Cail Bruich restaurant, has formed a 50-50 joint venture with Oli Norman to re-launch Epicures in Hyndland. Cail Bruich’s chefs are preparing to take over the kitchen at the bistro, which will open as Epicures by Cail Bruich on August 14. 

The new offering will focus on brunch and a dedicated bakery inspired by Cail Bruich’s CB Bakery, which was set up during the height of lockdown. 

Mr Norman is the founder of daily deals venture itison, and owns several other Glasgow establishments including Brel, Sloans, The Griffin, Jacques and Maggie Mays. He took over Epicures in 2019 and gave it a £250,000 facelift before re-opening last May.

“I’ve long been a huge fan of Cail Bruich and the exceptional quality of food, drink and service and am really excited about Chris and his team taking over the operation at Epicures,” Mr Norman said.

He added that plans for the joint venture were in advanced stages before lockdown, though the pause gave both parties time to consider how fine-tune arrangements for the current trading environment

Strength in adversity

Entries are now open for this year’s Business Women Scotland awards, with organisers saying there has “never been a more important time to celebrate success”. 

Now in their sixth year, the awards mark the achievements of the growing number of female-led businesses and recognise the entrepreneurial talents of women across Scotland. Categories range from start-up and rising star of the year to established business and inspirational woman of the year. 

“It is more important than at any other time for women to enter the awards this year,” said Lynne Kennedy, founder of Business Women Scotland. “These awards provide the perfect platform for women across all sectors in Scotland to showcase the vital contribution they are making to our business ecosystem. 

“We need more women to step forward and help us close the gender gap in enterprise, with just 20 per cent of SMEs in Scotland currently being majority-owned and led by women.”