D&D signs deal with Land Secs to open first Scottish restaurant at Glasgow Concert Hall

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D&D chairman and chief exec Des Gunewardena led a £50m buyout of the group last year
D&D London is to open its first restaurant in Scotland after signing up to Land Securities’ Buchanan Galleries development in Glasgow.

The restaurant group, which owns Coq d’Argent in the City and The Grand Café at the Royal Ex­ch­ange, said yesterday it would open a 7,500 square feet restaurant on the upper two floors of the Glasgow Concert Hall.

The restaurant will be D&D’s second opening outside the capital, after opening two sites, Crafthouse and Angelica, at Land Securities’ Trinity shopping centre in Leeds last year.

D&D has been stepping up its expansion since management, led by Des Gunewardena, bought out its founder, Sir Terence Conran, in a £50m deal backed by private equity firm LDC.

Gunewardena, chief executive of D&D, said: “Glasgow ranks only second to London as a centre for retail in the UK and we have secured an absolutely stunning site.”

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