The soft launch date of Edinburgh Beer Factory's venue Paolozzi's Restaurant and Bar has been revealed
The venue which has a stunning ghost sign will soft launch in just over a week
Edinburgh Beer Factory’s new Paolozzi Restaurant and Bar on Forrest Road is set to open its doors for a soft launch period in just over a week.
The Evening News can reveal that the new establishment plans to welcome its first visitors from Monday 9 March - though bookings won’t be taken at first.
The site, which was the former bank at the junction of Lauriston Place and Forrest Road is in the final stages of being transformed into a restaurant and bar by the popular brewer, and will be named for Scottish sculptor and artist Eduardo Paolozzi, the Edinburgh-born ‘Father of Pop Art’ and will will combine beer, food and art to celebrate the Great Scot and wider Italian Scottish culture.
At the time the Edinburgh Beer Factory Twitter wrote: “It’s the city’s history, looks great and Paolozzi was all about juxtapositions and combining old and new.”
They described it as a “work of art in itself ” and added that it was a “very nice surprise to uncover it”.
It’s thought the sign dates back to famed surgeons instruments maker Archibald Young & Son Limited, who originally traded at that address.
The new restaurant and bar is a partnership between Edinburgh Beer Factory owners John and Lynne Dunsmore and Nonna’s Kitchen owner Gino Stornaiuolo.
The menu has been designed by Gino, who will run the operation, and features ‘spuntini’ - Italian tapas-style sharing dishes served at the bar, antipasti, fresh salads, ‘build your own’ salami and cheese plates, Naples style wood-fired pizza and some classic larger plates.
Eduardo Paolozzi artwork will adorn the walls and the interior design has a distinctly Paolozzi feel, with geometric shapes, contrasting textures and bright colour accents.
A sculptural bar will dominate the front area of the venue, with walk-in space and casual seating, while a cupola is being installed in the back of the space, bringing natural light to the dining tables and a touch of the outdoors to the former bank recesses.
The old bank deposit vaults are being transformed into colourful toilets, which will play audio clips of stories about Eduardo Paolozzi and some of his works.