A KEY figure behind Glasgow's famed Coia's Cafe is to have a statue erected in his honour. 

A full-size human statue of Nicky Coia will be made from bronze and positioned on a granite pedestal at a new residential development in Dennistoun.

It comes after Coia's was granted planning permission for a new venue at the development on the corner of Duke Steet and Bellgrove Street, at the land of the Old Meat Market, which included plans for the statue. 

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We previously reported that the cafe's owners applied to open a new restaurant, bar, deli and fish and chips shop with a liquor licence and outdoor seating area.

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Nicky is a key figure behind Coia's – an Italian restaurant and delicatessen located on Duke Street. 

He took over the cafe in the 1950s after his parents first set it up in 1928.

Nicky sadly died at the age of 84 in 2017, and his son Alfredo took over. 

As part of plans for the new development, the developer and planners approached the Coia family with the idea for them to become a focal point.

As part of this, the installation of a statue of Nicky as a memory of one of the key figures of Dennistoun’s life was included. 

Plans for the venue have been approved by Glasgow City Council