Mexican street food eatery Topolabamba opens its second Glasgow venue

Hunky Dory Dining Group has expanded its Mexican-inspired bar brand, Topolabamba, with the opening of a new restaurant on Byres Rd in Glasgow’s west end.

The new site – which joins Topolabamba’s established venues in Glasgow city centre and Edinburgh – sees the brand expand into the brunch market for the first time.

Executive Chef Marc Honeyman said: “Glasgow’s west end is an area that sees a lot of footfall of people on the hunt for brunch – we’re excited to be part of the mix.

“Our food is all made fresh in house. We pride ourselves on creating authentic, fresh dishes, which has proved to be a real hit in our Glasgow and Edinburgh venues.

“We think customers will be particularly excited to try our Monterey margaritas, breakfast tacos and breakfast burritos. We think a Mexican brunch offering will fit right in on Byres Road, and we’re excited to be bringing this option to foodies of the west end and beyond.”

Operations Manager Iain Gallie said: “The west end is an incredibly popular area to eat, drink and shop. It ticks every box for us and is a fabulous part of the city.

“We always wanted a west end restaurant but we hadn’t been able to find one big enough to offer the site we needed. We’re thrilled to finally be opening in such a diverse, bustling area, among many other excellent bars and restaurants.”

The new Topolabamba site is located in the old premises of a west end institution, The Whistler’s Mother. The refit has maintained the shape of that popular bar, with two bars connected by a passageway, as well as its original cornice features.

Ian Gallie added: “The left-hand bar will look familiar to fans of Topolabamba, while the right hand side is a new look inspired by a Mexican-inspired Bodega bar, which we’re sure will be very popular with those on the hunt for an afternoon cocktail or post-dinner drink.”

In addition to the Topolabamba restaurants, Hunky Dory owns Chaakoo restaurants in Glasgow and Edinburgh and Glasgow venue Panang.

The company is a joint venture between businessmen Paul Sloan and Calum Maclachlainn and Mario Gizzi and Tony Conetta of the DRG.