Restaurants, Bars and Cafes

Two Fat Ladies restaurant submits plans to reopen ‘big style’ on Dumbarton Road

By Ellen Thomson at

A West End culinary institution is hoping to return to Dumbarton Road just months after closing its doors.

Two Fat Ladies has made a plea to the city council for permission to expand its premises at 88 Dumbarton Road.

It says taking over the adjacent shop at 86 is necessary for the survival of the business.

Two Fat Ladies restaurant

Two Fat Ladies on Dumbarton Road had to close at the start of the year because of “spiralling costs”. Credit – Google

Managing director Ryan James has set out his case in a letter to planners.

He reveals that the premises had to close earlier this year because of “spiralling costs”.

The decision followed an unsuccessful bid to expand the business last year when a previous application for a change of use at 86 was rejected.

Mr James hopes the new bid will be successful and allow Two Fat Ladies to reopen in bigger premises next year when the business celebrates 30 years in the West End.

He tells planners: “We would seek again to apply for change of use for 86 to facilitate a larger restaurant.

“We feel that this is the only way we can continue to trade on Dumbarton Rd.

“We would seek again to apply for change of use for 86 to facilitate a larger restaurant. We feel that this is the only way we can continue to trade on Dumbarton Rd”

Ryan James

“Our other option is to return the leases for both properties to the landlord.

“Two Fat Ladies has been an institution in The West End and will celebrate its 30th year of business from the site of 88 in 2019.

“It would be a fitting celebration to not only continue to trade but to launch a new-look premises during its anniversary.”

The business has owned the lease to the premises at 86 since 2010, Mr James explains.

But a plan to open a fishmongers next door to the restaurant fell through when the company carrying out the refit went bust.

Increasingly difficult

The plans were put on hold and the restaurant business opted to let out the premises.

Mr James said finding a tenant who could make the premises work became increasingly difficult, leading the business to apply for a change of use from retail to restaurant use.

He pleads with the planning authority: “I ask you to please look favourably upon our plans and our subsequent planning application.”