A new charcuterie restaurant is coming soon to the Merchant City.

Pania, a day-to-night venue inspired by cafes in Europe, is set to open next month in the former Marmalade Skies unit at Merchant Square.

The new outlet is the latest from Neil Connolly, founder of late night bar Moskito.

After leaving Moskito five years ago to work in consultancy and music events, Neil is re-entering the Glasgow hospitality scene inspired by a similar venue he frequented in London.

Neil told the Dram he had always wanted to run a charcuterie restaurant and "would kick himself" if he didn't.

He added: "Pania is a word I made up but it is derived from the idea of Pan bread – everything that we serve will have bread with it.

"Three-quarters of the offering will be influenced by Spain and the Mediterranean and we will be offering the very best of produce, which will all be served from the bar, there is no kitchen.

"We have some great hams, burrata, anchovies, olives and peppers. There will be a few hot dishes too.”

Customers can expect a cafe serving sandwiches and coffee during the day from 9am with charcuterie and a limited drinks selection taking over in the evening.

The gantry will feature one draught beer served in half pints and a limited selection of red wines, white wines, cocktails, sherries and vermouths.

Neil said: “It is not a big gantry and the venue itself only seats 36.

"It is definitely a food-led venue and I am aiming it at the locals who live and work in the Merchant City.

"The footfall is amazing here. We will also be doing takeaway wine and food.”

Pania is set to open in December with a number of jobs currently available including baristas, kitchen workers, bartenders and floor staff.

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