These projects catapulted Paul Hodgkiss signature style and craftsmanship into the Glasgow bar and restaurant scene in the early 1990s. Top Chef Allan Brown and his front-of-house wife Audrey wanted to open their first restaurant in Coatbridge and had an idea to use reclaimed wood.
The Browns wanted somewhere more classic in taste. Paul based the whole restaurant interior on a Moroccan stool of Audrey’s and brought the vision together in North American walnut, from the delicately curved asymmetrical panelling of the wall cabinetry to the bold curves of the monk seats, bar and stools. Paul’s details from the hand crafted candelabra on each table to the menu frames all in the same walnut unify the restaurant which also included turquoise lava rock bar tops.
1992: Bouzy Rouge
Paul was given carte blanche to create his vision fulfilling and nurturing his passion for natural edges and organic art nouveau styling. Diners were given a sense of theatre upon entering and even the bathrooms were a feast of colour and style using elm, oak and sycamore. Many residential furniture commissions came from the diners of Bouzy Rouge too who wished for something very similar in their home. The Bouzy Rouge restarant chain grew, with restaurants opening in both Glasgow and Edinburgh.