Top chef’s first solo restaurant has success high on the menu

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A top chef has set a target of securing Glasgow’s first Michelin star in almost 17 years.

Graeme Cheevers is preparing to launch his first solo venture Unalome in February next year.

The award-winning chef has taken over the former The Sisters restaurant on Kelvingrove Street which closed when its owner Jacqueline O’Donnell retired.

Graeme has top credentials and has worked at some of Scotland’s best restaurants.

He has won Michelin stars at Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond and the luxury Isle of Eriska Hotel.

He has also worked with Geoffrey Smeddle at fine dining restaurant Étain.

Unalome’s offering will be modern European and will feature high-quality suppliers and ingredients, sourced locally where possible. 

The menu will change weekly so the dining experience will constantly evolve.

Graeme said: “There is nowhere else I would rather launch my own restaurant than in my home city of Glasgow. 

“It is scary going solo, but I feel like I’m now at a point in my career where I’m ready and I have the confidence and experience to take it forward and make it a success.

Graeme Cheevers will open Unalome in February.

“Unalome will be a dining experience unlike anything else you’ll find in the city. 

“But, it will also be accessible and relaxed so that everyone can come and enjoy it. 

“I don’t want it to be an occasion restaurant – I want people to visit again and again and experience something slightly different every time.

“We’re hitting the ground running and have high hopes to achieve Glasgow’s first Michelin star since 2004 within our first year. 

“It is scary going solo, but I feel like I’m now at a point in my career where I’m ready and I have the confidence and experience to take it forward and make it a success”

Graeme Cheevers

“To follow the successes of Andrew Fairlie or Gordon Ramsay in Glasgow would be incredible. I can’t wait to get started.”

Unalome is a Buddhist symbol representing the path each person takes in life.

Graeme has chosen Unalome to signify something new and completely different for Glasgow’s food scene.

James Newton, co-director of Unalome, said: “We’re hugely optimistic and excited about investing in the long-term within Glasgow’s vibrant food and drink scene. 

The menu will change weekly so the dining experience will constantly evolve.

“With the creation of 50 jobs, we believe this is a bit of much-needed good news after what has been a challenging year for all. 

“Dependent on Scottish Government restrictions, we are hopeful we will be welcoming our first diners by February 2021.”

Unalome will be located at 36 Kelvingrove Street, Glasgow. 

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