Restaurateur Charan Gill returns to the restaurant industry today with the opening of his new £1.5m Indian restaurant and bar - Slumdog Bar and Kitchen - on the site of a former bar in Glasgow.
Slumdog, a 170-cover restaurant and bar with dishes designed to be shared and based on Indian street food, marks a return to the industry for Gill who sold his Harlequin restaurant empire four years ago in a multi-million pound deal.
Gill said: "The idea behind Slumdog has been in my mind for some time, but it’s only now that I feel I’ve finally found the perfect location and that Glasgow’s thriving bar and social scene is ready for this new culinary concept.
“Having built Harlequin into the largest Indian restaurant chain in Europe, I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into establishing and running Slumdog. It feels like my career has come full circle and I’m starting at the beginning again with my very first outlet."
The restaurant will open in the day to offer light lunches with more formal dining taking over in the evening. A bar will offer snacks and cocktails created by mixologist Bar Nomadics and Slumdog lager, created exclusively for the restaurant by Glasgow's WEST brewery.
In tribute to the film the restaurant is named after, Gill has committed to feed someone from India's slums for every customer who dines at Slumdog during the first month of opening.