An iconic Glasgow restaurant which has been family-owned for more than five decades has been sold to UK pub giant Greene King.
The Ubiquitous Chip, one of the city’s best known haunts, has been owned by the Clydesdale family since first opening its doors in 1971.
Known for its eclectic mix of clientele over the years and cult following, The Chip, as it is affectionately known, has served the likes of rockstars and royalty – from Mick Jagger to Princess Margaret, and Kylie Minogue to Keira Knightley, as well as thousands of locals and visitors to Glasgow.
Metropolitan Pub Company, which is part of Greene King, has acquired the Ashton Lane institution along with Stravaigin and Hanoi Bike Shop, which are also currently owned by husband and wife duo, Colin and Carol Clydesdale.
Speaking about the sale, Mr Clydesdale said: “Metropolitan Pub Company approached Carol and I, as great admirers of The Chip, Stravaigin and Hanoi, with an interest in buying. After much consideration, we decided to sell the business that has been in family ownership since 1971.
“I truly believe the business and people will be in safe hands with Michael and the team, who will continue the legacy that we have built. We look forward to visiting as customers for many years to come.”
A spokesman confirmed that all 145 jobs between the three restaurants and bars are safe.
Michael Horan, managing director of Metropolitan Pub Company, said: “We are really excited to welcome these iconic sites to the Metropolitan estate, and continuing the legacy that the Clydesdale family has built over the last 50 years.
“We are looking forward to working with the 145 team members to continue providing the world class hospitality to the people of Glasgow.”