The British pub continues to evolve in increasingly specific form – as demonstrated by the latest project taken on by two burgeoning Scottish pub entrepreneurs.
Kevin Bowie and Stephen Warisito jointly own TW Pubs, whose most recent venture is take charge of two new leases from Hawthorne Leisure: one of which has been transformed into an Asian-themed drinking hole.
The pair, who now oversee a portfolio of six pubs in total, took charge of The Weavers in Bowie’s hometown of Condorrat and Hickory’s Steak House in the Shawlands area of Glasgow – the latter of which has now been transformed (via a £60,000 investment from Hawthorne) into “Mr Wu’s,” described as a “kitchen disco” offering Chinese beer, cocktails and culinary delicacies.
Utilising red lantern lighting spread across two floors, and featuring ping- pong and retro arcade games, Bowie described the transformation from steak- house to bespoke boozer as “truly exciting.”
“Stephen’s parents run successful Chinese restaurants in and around Glasgow and Falkirk,” he explained.
“We believed the music people would want to to listen while they’re enjoying their food and drink would be disco, and we’ll have DJs playing classic disco tracks on Friday nights and at weekends.”
Meanwhile, Hawthorn gave the business partners a similar sum to play with in bringing community pub The Weavers back up to scratch, as apparently “it hadn’t been touched in 20 years.”