Zizzi prepares to open its third Glasgow restaurant

Glasgow is fast becoming a hotspot for hospitality recruitment with Zizzi the latest organisation to expand within the city.

Recently TGI Friday's announced that it was to open a new restaurant in Glasgow, as part of a major growth drive, and now the Italian restaurant chain has followed suit.

Zizzi is set to open its new restaurant in the Glasgow International Exchange today which has the capability for 250 covers and is the first in its chain to feature a stand-alone bar.

It will be the third Zizzi in the city with the first two already providing 130 jobs and the recently-opened operation adding to this number.

As the restaurant grows there is likely to be an increase in these employment opportunities.

Within the restaurant there is a selection of outdoor seating options while in the bar customers will be able to enjoy a range of Italian snacks and light bites in addition to the full menu available in the restaurant.

The chain says on its website that the design was "inspired by the Glasgow School of Art" and that it "offers plenty of different dining experiences".

The Operations manager for Zizzi Scotland, Erica Sawer, said the attraction of Glasgow was simply its vibrancy and life.

She explained: "As Glasgow is such a vibrant city, we wanted to offer something different so we’re opening our biggest-ever restaurant in the UK that features a fully licensed separate bar."

Ms Sawer also added that the decision to put a standalone bar in place was simply to offer customers that bit more option: "With the addition of the bar menu, we want to give visitors the choice to enjoy a meal or simply meet friends for drinks within the beautiful surroundings of the Royal Exchange Building."

It is unlikely to be the last of the employment opportunities at the chain restaurant either, with the Gondola-owned group having previously announced plans for further expansions.

This includes seven new operations, which will be up-and-running by the end of the year.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency in the catering industry