12 Glasgow restaurants, bars and cafes that have closed this year

It’s been a tough two years for the city’s hospitality industry as businesses struggle to cope with the lasting impact of covid restrictions as well as the cost of living crisis.

While some have moved on to new ventures, or still have successful sister sites, there’s no denying that the food and drink scene seems like a very different place without them.

Here is a list of 12 restaurants, bars and cafes that have announced their closure this year.

Puti Vegan Cafe

In a huge loss for Glasgow’s vegan food scene, Puti Vegan Café announced its closure in March this year.

The Cambridge Street restaurant was known for its exciting pan-Asian cuisine serving everything from vegan prawn toast to create-your-own style snack boxes.

In a statement, the owners said: “With great sadness, Puti will be closing for the foreseeable future.

“On behalf of all Puti staff, we thank you all, our Puti family, for the constant support over the years and I hope we can see as many faces as possible before our door closes. finally.”

Learn more here.


After two years of serving ‘toasts with a twist’ from their Pollokshwas Road unit, Babos decided to close permanently last month.

Citing “increasing costs” as the reason for the store’s closure, they assured fans that they would still attend food festivals and hold private events across the country.

Read the full story here.

absurd bird

Absurd Bird is one of the last downtown restaurants to say goodbye this year.

Earlier this month, bosses took to TikTok to share the news, saying, “With heavy hearts, we have officially closed.

“I would like to apologize to anyone with a reservation that we can no longer honour, this decision was unfortunately beyond our control.

“Thank you to everyone who has joined us over the past four years for huge chicken burgers and delicious cocktails, we’ve loved every minute of it.”

Read more here.

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Viva Ristorante

Viva Ristorante was a city favorite for over 17 years before announcing its shock closure in March.

The family-run Italian spot didn’t provide a reason for closure at the time, but reminded fans that sister restaurant, the Italian Kitchen on Ingram Street, is still very much open for business.

Read more here.

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Cafe Cossachok

Believed to be the only Russian-inspired restaurant in town, the bosses of Cafe Cossachok on King Street revealed in March this year that they “did not survive covid”.

Owner Julia Atlas said: “Due to all the restrictions, people who rented our Cossachok for seven years had a lot of problems getting it to work.
“He’s been popular for so many years.

“It was an institution, but it’s a good time to say goodbye.”

Learn more here.

Cafe Pieno

Caffe Pieno said a heartfelt goodbye to its regulars in April, sharing that the cost of living crisis was the reason they were forced to close.

They said: “We managed to survive during the pandemic and we thought if we could survive, we could survive anything.

“But to now be faced with rising costs at every turn, we had to make the difficult decision to close the cafe at the end of the month.”

Read more here.

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Abandoned ship

A bustling downtown spot that had been open for less than a year before it shared news of closing this month.

Bar owners, the MacMerry Group, went into liquidation in June and then closed the site completely despite previous assurances that staff jobs would be safe.

Learn more here.

The Mediterranean

Located on a busy stretch of Kilmarnock Road, La Mediterranea last closed on May 30.

It looks like this won’t be the last we’ll see of them, however, as the owners said: “We’ve got an exciting new business coming up in the next few months and we’ll be pouring all our energy into it.”

Read more here.

Mora Bar and Kitchen

Finnieston-based Italian restaurant Mora Bar and Kitchen officially closed for good in May with a social media post by chef Luciano.

The message read: “Dear customers, family, friends. I postponed this post because I just didn’t know how to say it…

“Mora is now closed for good. For professional and personal reasons, it’s time to move on.

“For nearly fifteen years it has been my greatest pleasure to work the stoves here in our little home in Finnieston.”

Read more here.

Cooking the three sisters

This popular Great Western Road bakery, run by sisters Linsay, Nichola and Gillian Reith, had its last day of sale in April.

With the store’s lease ending after three years, the siblings decided to branch out into the company’s thriving wholesale business.

Read the full story here.

Sara’s Coffee

This Italian cafe in the West End closed in June with owner Sara explaining that it was time to “spend time with my family to recharge the batteries after two very long, difficult years for the business”.

Read more here.

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Bluebird Cafe

Although Bluebird Cafe has passed under new management, we’ve included it in our list to mark the end of an era as longtime owners Mirella and Dino Iafrate retired in May.

After 40 years at the Govanhill cafe, Mirella said: “Looks like it’s time to bring some fresh blood to the place and some new ideas.

Read more here.

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