Operator swoops on city’s Pelican

New owner at helm of Glasgow west end bistro

A BAR and bistro in the west end of Glasgow has changed hands in a deal brokered by Smith & Clough Business Associates.
Situated directly across from Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Pelican was acquired by Francesco Longo, the son of Enzo Longo, who owns Barbarossa restaurant on the south side of Glasgow.
The outlet can accommodate 74 covers, with seating for a further eight in the bar; there is also planning permission to add a mezzanine level.

The property has one of the most iconic and attractive outlooks in Glasgow.

Enjoying “one of the most iconic and attractive outlooks in Glasgow”, the Pelican is said to benefit from visitors to the art gallery and museum as well as passing trade and business from the SSE Hydro and SECC concert and exhibition venues, which are within walking distance.
It is also situated in the centre of what will become the new museum ‘hub’ of central Scotland, following the development of a new museum and gallery in the former Kelvinhall Transport Museum.
Following his acquisition of the Pelican, Francesco is said to be planning to refurbish the premises, though it is understood he will continue to run the business in a similar vein.
Jonathan Clough, director of Smith & Clough Business Associates, said the property attracted a high level of interest.
“The sale of the Pelican generated tremendous levels of interest from both bar and restaurant operators, with multiple offers being received, highlighting the strong demand for licensed premises in the Finnieston area of Glasgow,” he said.
“I am delighted to have handled the sale of this popular venue and would like to wish Francesco the best of luck with his new venture.”