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In Glasgow’s city centre, Two Fat Ladies will start opening on Sundays from 7 January, with a fixed price menu of two courses for £14.50 and three for £17.50. Hours will be 1pm until 9pm’s last orders. ‘It is really to satisfy demand,’ owner Ryan James says. ‘We have been turning away so many reservations.’ Two Fat Ladies, 118a Blythswood Street, 0141 847 0088.

Also in the heart of Glasgow, OKO, the former sushi bar in Ingram Street has resurfaced as OKO Express on Queen Street. Chef/owner Colin Barr decided on a decidedly ‘soft launch’ in December. In addition to sushi, the venture also features hot Japanese dishes, keeping extraordinary late hours for any post-clubbers looking for a bite. OKO Express, 78 Queen Street, 0141 248 9666.

No sooner had Glasgow’s Café India confirmed that it would be leaving its North Street address (long targeted for redevelopment) and moving into the city centre than the restaurant next to the Mitchell Library went up in flames. Reports blame a kitchen fire.

In Edinburgh, Stockbridge is the place for change. La Concha, in Deanhaugh Street, has taken over the neighbouring shop and thus doubled its capacity. Across the Water of Leith, look for an Italian café and sandwich bar (with shoe shop to boot) called Sprio & Co (0131 226 7533) on St Stephen Street. Up the hill, Herbie of Edinburgh is opening a new deli/café at 1 North West Circus Place.

A bit out of town, in Musselburgh, the Glasshouse at Eskmills is a new venture from chef Steve Adair, who was the initial player at the Gallery restaurant in the Weston Link and formerly of the Tower. The menu has dishes such as wild mushroom risotto, roast saddle of red deer and seared herring. Call 0131 273 5240 for bookings.

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