The Argyle Street Arches is set to be transformed into Scotland's largest casual restaurant and bar - and it will open its doors this week. 

PLATFORM will make the switch from a food market to a restaurant led by its most popular traders.

It will embrace a new street food concept which will be able to accommodate 350 diners while maintaining social distancing. 

Traders including Gallus Pasta, Tiny Dancers and Ginger & Chilli will form a contemporary collaborative menu full of exciting street food choices. 

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The new PLATFORM has embraced changes enforced by the Covid-19 pandemic and will include a high-tech thermal scanner, custom-built ordering app, online bookings, along with daily allocated walk-in tables.

Flavours on the new menu will be inspired by cuisines from across the globe ranging from Asia to Italy and New York. 

It will feature dishes such as sticky Korean fried chicken bites or cauliflower bites, slow-cooked tender beef brisket curry with coconut, raita, chilli and Asian slaw, mouthwatering homemade pizzas and hand-cut plates of pasta from their international menu. 

Jules McGuire owner of Gallus Pasta and new PLATFORM chef said: “Switching from being a trader to developing the new menu has been a wonderful experience.

"We’ve got the opportunity to create the best post-pandemic dining experience and with our collaborative outlook, the street food menu offers something for everyone. 

“When PLATFORM asked us to pivot our business, it was a dream come true. It’s a big challenge and we’ve all stepped up and can’t wait to get cooking!” 

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The restaurant will be open every Friday and Saturday from 12pm until late, complete with a fully licensed bar offering up a revolving list of cocktail classics, guest beers and a range of Scottish gins and whiskies, and local craft sodas. 

 Guests can book a table online for three hours with the added option of staying on longer. 

Along with numerous other safety measures including increased ventilation and contactless payments, the team has designed a one-way system to allow everyone to move around the building as safely as possible and will be offering table service to ensure social distancing. 

Scott McCormick, owner of PLATFORM said: “Like most businesses, we have had to evolve and adjust to a new normal, and the opportunity to create Scotland’s largest casual dining restaurant and street food kitchen will hopefully be one of the few positives to come out of this pandemic.

“We’ve spent months planning and creating a new concept that we’re extremely proud of and we can’t wait to unveil PLATFORM to our guests.

“Our team are ready and looking forward to getting back to work in our new exciting PLATFORM restaurant.”

PLATFORM will open on Friday, July 17 with a full launch set for the coming weeks.