Allan Mawn

Glasgow's Allan Mawn, who sadly passed away suddenly last week.

I met Allan and his partner Lindsey for the first time last summer at a friend's BBQ. After putting the world to rights beside a fire in a wheelbarrow, I scored an invite to the September opening of his latest venture: The Criterion Cafe. 

Neighbouring his other two Partick success stories ('Velvet Elvis Bar & Grill' and award winning tapas bar 'Pintxo'), 'The Criterion' has a very glamorous Art Deco Italian style cafe feel.

Determined to revive the old tradition of the salon as a local meeting place for eating, drinking and gossiping, Allan told me the Edwardian wooden panelling once lined the harbourmaster's office in Ayr and that he'd rescued the soda fountain from a skip in Falkirk!

 The Penguin classics scattered around open up to reveal the menu...

Front of house, Barry Oates.

Journalist Anna Burnside, who has championed The Criterion from the beginning.

Barry's vespa.

So in Allan's memory and in his own words, let's continue to "Keep Partick Weird". 

564 Dumbarton Road,

The Herald's obituary on Allan Mawn for lot's of surprises!

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