Popular Russian restaurant in Glasgow closes
THE owner of Scotland’s first Russian restaurant has confirmed the popular Glasgow dining venue has closed forever – but revealed it had nothing to do with the conflict in Ukraine.
Rumors had surfaced online suggesting the Cossachok cafe had been forced to close due to the threat of vandalism, over fears that Russian businesses would be targeted in the invasion.
While review websites have been targeted by trolls deliberately giving low scores and making derogatory comments.
But owner Julia Atlas, who opened the restaurant in the city 24 years ago, dismissed those suggestions and revealed the real reason for its closure.
She says: “Café-Gallery Cossachok did not survive Covid.
“Because of all the restrictions, people who have rented our Cossachok for seven years have had a lot of problems getting it to work.
“We have made the decision to stop trading.
“He’s been popular for so many years. It was an institution. But it’s the right time to say goodbye.
“It was the only former USSR restaurant in Scotland – I prefer a union of people from all nations, all religions, all cultures living together in peace, sharing food and culture.
“We had Ukrainian, Armenian, Georgian, Russian and Polish staff among many other nationalities, so it was very multicultural.
“I wanted a place where there would be no religion or race or anything, a place for everyone.”
Julia is horrified by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and admits that she now considers herself Scottish after emigrating in 1991.
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She has family in Ukraine herself and it breaks her heart to hear about their struggles.
The entrepreneur adds: “We were Russian immigrants and refugees because we didn’t agree with the political situation there and we built our lives from scratch and Scotland became our homeland.
“We are from Glasgow now. The women of my family living in Ukraine took their children and fled to Poland and the men stayed in Kiev because they cannot leave because of the army.
“One of my nephews is the head of the Postal Bank of Ukraine and he is there to help people, so he takes care of people who are suffering without money.
“What is happening is more than appalling. There are no words.
“War is always terrible. Nobody can justify it. »
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