A GLASGOW restaurant looks set to embrace its heritage with future plans for a replica tram-style tearoom.

The Battlefield Rest has just celebrated 25 years in business and its owners are now looking ahead.

Housed in a former tram shelter and newsagent, Marco Giannasi moved into the B-listed premises in 1994.

Although he wasn't giving much away, he did reveal their plans may include a replica tram which could be transformed into a tearoom.

During their celebrations they also raised over £1800 for charity which helps vulnerable city kids get a holiday.

Glasgow Children’s Holiday Scheme, is a charity which offers holidays to children and families in Glasgow who are disabled, disadvantaged or socially excluded.  

A representative for Glasgow Children's Holiday Scheme said: "Glasgow Children’s Holiday Scheme was delighted to be Battlefield Rest’s nominated charity on the occasion of its 25th anniversary."

Marco bought the building, opposite the old Victoria Infirmary after a petition to stop its demolition was launched by residents.

The third generation Italian immigrant restored the building to its original state for the grand opening.

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He said: “I studied architecture at art school in Italy so it was the building that attracted me first. 

“I had worked in my dad’s restaurant and my mother and I ran it after he passed away. I’ve learned the hospitality trade over a course of 45 years, 25 of them at The Battlefield Rest.” 

South Siders have fallen in love with the popular restaurant and recently picking up a nomination for Glasgow's Favourite Business at the Glasgow Business Award. 

Marco said: “I’m surprised and happy at the same time that we’ve been in business for 25 years because owning a business in general is very volatile. 

“The Souths Side is a large area but it’s a community - when people move here, they don’t move away. You’re serving generations of families for years and years. The only thing that really changes is the fashion!” 

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They also celebrated their special anniversary with an event on Sunday, which saw customers, family and friends all come together.

And Marco, 65, says he isn’t planning on going anywhere soon. 

“You cannot stand still; you just have to keep moving.  

“As long as I’m still able to be here, I’ll be here.”