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Video: Grunting Growler revamp reveals hidden past at Old Dumbarton Road store

By Ian Marland at

When Jehad Hatu set about refurbishing his Grunting Growler store on Old Dumbarton Road he expected to find a thing or two.

But the extent of the hidden features now revealed at the shop has taken even him by surprise.

Tiled floors, and splash backs on the wall, original doors and old posters have been exposed.

Past: The premises was an off-licence before Jehad moved in.

Past: The premises was an off-licence before Jehad moved in.

The real gem, however, has been the revelation behind the false ceiling – pristine tenement plasterwork with ornate cornices and central rose.

Jehad said: “We were completely blown away by what we found – we expected some surprises, but nothing like this.

“It seems what was here before was either a fishmongers or a butchers shop from what we can see from the floor and walls.

“It would be cool to know what the history of this place was.”

New: Grunting Growler opened up at its base on Old Dumbarton Road last year.

New: Grunting Growler opened up at its base on Old Dumbarton Road last year.

Jehad took on the premises at 51 Old Dumbarton Road last year.

Prior to his arrival, the shop had been an off-licence for a good many years.

Jehad has now opened out the space and reinstated the building’s old features.

His plan is to add a tasting space with table where customers can sample and learn about many of the unusual and select craft beers on sale.

“We’ve been open for nine months, and the refit was always on the cards – we were just waiting for the right moment to do it.


Watch: Jehad Hatu points out the features at his Grunting Growler store.

“We couldn’t be happier with the awesome original features we’ve found hidden behind all the old fixtures.

“The rough and ready look really fits the vibe we’re going for, and we can’t wait to launch our tasting table.”

Jehad wants to know more about the history of the building – what its businesses were and who lived there.

He would be delighted to speak to anyone who can tell him about the building’s past.

Hidden: An old fish box found during the refurbishment points to use as a fishmongers.

Hidden: An old fish box found during the refurbishment points to use as a fishmongers.

“Please get in touch. I would love to hear from you,” he said.

The shop’s name comes from the reusable jug, a growler, that customers can buy to stock up on draft beers sold on the premises.

The store sells a wide selection of tinned and bottled beers – most of which would be hard to find in the supermarkets.

* You can find Grunting Growler on Twitter @GruntingGrowler or on Facebook @GlasgowGrowler.