AN AMERICAN-THEMED diner chain is to open its biggest restaurant in Scotland at a theme park near Glasgow.

Monterey Jack’s confirmed it will be open for business on March 16 after a £250,000 investment at M&D’s in Strathclyde Country Park.

The restaurant, which includes an outdoor terrace, is the company’s 10th in Scotland, with further branches planned.

The two-storey, 250-cover diner will include a spectacular water feature based on a horse trough, an outdoor heated gazebo and ‘stables’ for guests to sit in.

The design is inspired by legendary Wild West smuggler ‘Mad’ Jack Wyatt of the 1800s and the upper floor includes a Wild West Street featuring dedicated private party booths styled as a hotel, sheriff’s office, general store and barbers. It also includes a jail where diners can be caught on camera behind bars as a fun souvenir of their visit.

Glasgow Times: Inside the new restaurantInside the new restaurant (Image: Monterey Jack's)

Matthew Taylor Jr from M&D’s said: “We’ve invested significantly in ensuring the restaurant is a showstopper and there is nothing else like it.  The interior has been cleverly styled and the popular menu includes a great choice of family favourites, not to mention the signature cocktails.

“The restaurant is a terrific addition to the theme park but is equally an attractive standalone destination.

“The opening has also generated a number of local jobs which is another welcome boost for the community, and we can’t wait to welcome guests.”  

Monterey Jack’s food and beverage director Naomi Dunkley said: "Monterey Jack's are proud to work with the fantastic team at M&D's on this unique restaurant. It truly will be an amazing dining experience for all and is almost a theme park within a theme park.”

The menu will include burgers, ribs, pizzas and nachos along with full vegan, vegetarian and children’s menus, desserts and signature cocktails.

The new Monterey Jack’s replaces the original Family Restaurant at M&D’s.