INDEPENDENT local food traders have been given a boost with the reinvention of the food court at the Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow, Scotland.
Taste Buchanan, a partnership between Buchanan Galleries, owned by Land Securities and hi-tech street trading platform StreetDots, will launch in early August and will be the first retail space of its kind in Scotland.
Buchanan Galleries’ top floor will be transformed to host up to eight pop-up units serving artisan street style food run by independents using Scottish-sourced produce.
John Bloomer, mall retail manager at Land Securities, said: “The arrival of Taste Buchanan will be the first genuine permanent street food offering within the city and we can’t wait to see it kick-off next month.”
Darren Callcott, co-founder of StreetDots, said:
“The popularity of street food is growing faster than any other category, and there is a real appetite for the culinary trend right now.
“Street food is about creative artisan dishes being prepared by highly skilled people with a passion for serving fast-moving fresh food to suit customer demand.”
The first line-up of traders to operate at Taste Buchanan include:
- Chompsky, soft steamed Asian bao buns stuffed full of fusion flavours.
- Designer Cakes by Paige, beautifully handmade cupcakes, truffles and push pops.
- Equi’s, 90-year-old award-winning family ice cream business
- GLo Pizza, Italian wood-fired pizza’s made with authentic Neapolitan flavours.
- Sláinte Mhath, brand new Scottish pop-up bar specialising in craft cocktails.
Discussions are underway to secure a local coffee provider, and to maximise the variety of food on offer, Taste Buchanan will introduce new traders every two to three months.
StreetDots launched in London in 2014 to give high quality trading opportunities to independent street traders, and works in partnership with major landowners to create ‘smart trading spaces’ which can be booked by traders using an app which allows the public to vote in their favourite food providers.
Taste Buchanan will open to the public in early August, trading seven days a week from 11am to 7pm and 8pm on a Thursday.