Mr Robert MacKenzie was a regular customer at the Trees Restaurant when he was just a boy– and now, nearly 40 years later, he finally owns it.
Mr MacKenzie bought the restaurant with his wife through Glasgow and Edinburgh based business brokers Bruce & Co, and was so keen to own the Trees that he paid in excess of the asking price. Having previously run and owned a bus company, fulfilling his dream of owning The Trees meant a complete lifestyle change for Mr MacKenzie.
Mr MacKenzie, who lives in Cumbernauld, first visited the Trees with his Grandfather before he was even old enough to walk. He said: “My first memory of Trees is sitting in a high chair beside my Grandfather in the 1970s. I remember the then proprietor, Angelo, who would sit at the cash desk and sometimes we bought homemade tablet. I would never have thought all those years ago that I would one day run this renowned Glasgow landmark.”
The Trees Restaurant has been established for over 80 years and is located on bustling Union Street in Glasgow City Center, near to Central Station and redeveloped St Enoch Shopping Centre. It is a charming, traditional and extremely popular Glasgow hideaway, described in one online review as “the best place in Glasgow” where you can get a free cup of tea– but only if “the waitress likes the cut of your jib.”
It enjoys much repeat custom from ‘regulars’, many of whom Mr MacKenzie has come to know during his many years as a customer at the Trees. He added that The Trees’ popularity is such that he has even seen a few “old regulars” – people who have emigrated but come back to Glasgow to visit.
It’s heritage like this that was a selling point for Mr MacKenzie, who also revealed how he found some old menus in the restaurant from as early as the 1940s, where a three course lunch cost just 75p.
Mr MacKenzie is keen to make improvements to the restaurant, but is very aware that he is not the only person in Glasgow who holds The Trees close to his heart. He insists that the restaurant will retain its traditional character under his ownership.
He says: “My wife and I intend to make gradual improvements as we want another generation to remember either lunch, high tea or afternoon tea at the Trees, but nobody panic, it won’t become an internet café or a coffee shop!”
Mr MacKenzie added that he was looking forward to welcoming customers old and new at The Trees, and praised Bruce & Co for their hard work in completing the sale.
Bruce and Co’s Lewis Murphy, who handled the sale, commented: “This charming city centre restaurant sold in excess of the asking price at closing date – which is something that many people have come to expect from Bruce and Co.
“There is huge potential to expand as the premises are not currently licensed. The sale demonstrates that demand remains strong for well located restaurants, and we were thrilled to have completed this sale for both the vendor and the purchaser.”
The Trees Restaurant, Cumbernauld - Sold by Bruce & Co
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