Allied Irish Bank (GB) has shown its confidence in the west of Scotland’s restaurant scene by making several million pounds worth of funds available to the region’s eateries in recent months.
Paesano, the Merchant City’s sourdough pizza hot spot, is one of AIB (GB)’s latest partners. The bank has provided part funding for its second restaurant in the west end of Glasgow.
Owner Paul Stevenson, whose dedication to authentic Neopolitan pizza includes flying mozzarella from a handpicked producer in Campania to Glasgow each week, has worked with the bank over several months to develop the new restaurant.
The bank’s specialist restaurant and leisure team has completed a number of restaurant projects and has more in the pipeline, including a new 120-seat Italian deli and restaurant in the west end; a new bar and grill on a landmark site in Paisley, and the refurbishment of an established restaurant in Bridge of Weir.
Sean Fallon, Senior Relationship Manager at AIB (GB) said: “Scotland’s food and drink scene is vibrant and full of experienced business owners who either want to set up new ventures, or invest in the sustainability of their current operation.
“We’re always pleased to work with restaurateurs like Paul, whose passion for his business is evident, and others who have a clear vision for their business’s growth.
“Our small team has worked with restaurateurs across Scotland and the north of England and our confidence in this sector is high. We understand the trade, and operators’ funding requirements, which makes for great partnerships.”
Paesano’s new west end restaurant is now open at 471 Great Western Road, G12.