ONE of Finnieston's most popular restaurants has suspended trading amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The Gannet made the announcement tonight and said the decision was "heartbreaking".

Situated on the popular Argyle Street strip in the West End, the restaurant is one that has been a success due to the nearby Hydro in the area.

Known as the Finnieston effect, the purpose-built arena has supplied customers to bars and restaurants in that area since it opened in 2013. 

The Scottish Event Campus, however, cancelled several shows last week. 

In a statement, The Gannet's co-owner Peter McKenna said: "Due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus in this unprecedented pandemic we don’t see any option other than to suspend trading at the restaurant until it’s safe for our team and customers.

"This has been an incredibly heartbreaking decision but one we feel necessary.

"The health of our team and guests is paramount to Ivan, Kevin and I.

"We are in the early stages of piecing together a delivery service that will support the local community and beyond with fresh healthy meals, the profit will be channeled into food for the most vulnerable, we will have more information on this soon.

"Over the coming days Kevin will be in touch with everyone who has a upcoming booking.

"This is an incredibly trying time for everyone, thank you for your continued support."