Plans to serve affordable food to students and low income families have been submitted to Glasgow City Council.

The cafe within the Andalus Centre, based at 213a New City Road, is asking the local authority’s planning department to grant shopfront alterations so that customers have direct access from the street.

Food will be prepared off site and delivered to the centre every second day for reheating. 

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A statement from the business to the council says: “We are applying for a licence to operate a hot food aimed at students within Glasgow City, where customers can indulge in nutritious, freshly made, and authentic South Asian food. 

“Our food will be pre-made through a local supplier who will cook on their premises every second day. Each meal will be made with no use of frozen ingredients, and we are committed to using the highest quality ingredients to ensure the nutritional value of every dish. We are not a fast-food business and have distinctly separated ourselves from this concept. 

“Our approach to cooking prioritises healthy methods such as specific use of types of oils, grilling and steaming. We will be storing the food in fridges, with nothing frozen, reheating using the best commercial ovens available on the market.”

A variety of hot drinks and freshly made juices will also be available on-site.

The cafe will operate from 9am until 10pm seven days a week.

The statement continues: “To demonstrate our commitment to both community health and environmental sustainability, we will utilise recyclable and biodegradable packaging materials, thereby reducing our carbon footprint. 

“Our conscious approach to packaging reflects our concern for the well-being of our community and our planet. The concept that we are seeking permission to open has already been tried and tested in Edinburgh through the concept of the Mosque Kitchen.”

The council is to consider the application from the applicant – Andalus Centre.