New Helensburgh Restaurant Cattle and Creel Launches in Style
A much-anticipated new Helensburgh restaurant has opened in style with champagne and oysters.
Cattle & Creel was unveiled on Friday 11 December 2015, after a half million pound investment to create the stylish steakhouse and seafood bar.
Kilcreggan restaurateurs Cara and Milan Nikolic were joined by family and friends to celebrate the launch of the new venture on West Clyde Street with fizz and canapés.
The couple lavished £270,000 on the restaurant after buying what were previously an old pub and shop and spent eight months renovating the space with an interior designer.
Owner Cara Nikolic said: "Everyone is amazed by what we've done with the space. We have an amazing team of people who are full of enthusiasm and the response has been tremendous."
Cattle and Creel is filled with sumptuous furnishings including artwork by Cara's Japanese Uncle Shu Kawada. The artwork features a marble seafood bar stocked with lobsters and oysters on crushed ice which overlooks an open plan kitchen with Japanese Robata grill.
Owner Milan Nikolic explained: "Customers see steak air drying in our cabinet as they watch the chefs cook their steak and seafood before them and everyone is raving about our Scottish seafood platter with whole lobster. We have fine wines, champagnes and our own sommelier to advise you; as well as cocktails and beautiful sea views."
The new restaurant opening came just the day before its award-winning sister restaurant La Barca Spanish Tapas Bar celebrated its third birthday on Saturday.
The couple, who have eight-year-old twin boys Ross and Lewis, are also owners of the Riverbank Bar and recently won a VisitScotland Thistle award for Tourism Innovation, for opening three successful food and drink establishments in Helensburgh in five years. The couple employ 57 full and part time staff.
Cara added: “Cattle & Creel will complement Riverbank and La Barca. It's a very exciting time and we'd like thank everyone for their help and support for the new venture."
Helensburgh Councillor Vivien Dance wrote in recognition of the couple's achivements:
"My heartiest congratulations for bringing what I know will be another highly successful restaurant to Helensburgh. You now have a range of eating places in the town all offering an excellent dining experience. I wish you the very best with this new venture, a great addition to the seafront. You are certainly putting the town on the map. Well done to you both."
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