A Scottish hospitality entrepreneur is rolling out a new chain of burger restaurants and has pledged to give 100% of its profits to local charities.
Garreth Wood, owner of bar group Speratus, has just opened the second of his Boozy Cow burger outlets in Edinburgh after the success of his first site in Aberdeen.
Three more restaurants are planned in either Dundee, Perth, St Andrews, Glasgow or Inverness within the next 18 months, creating 150 new jobs.
More remarkably, though, Mr Wood is hoping the venture will raise more than £1m a year for good causes once it is fully operational.
Wood said: “If through business, we can go some way to tackle social problems, improve communities, people’s life chances or their environment then it has all been worth it. Initially Boozy Cow was just another addition to the group but we came up with the idea of channelling all our extensive charitable work through the one brand.”
He added: “At Speratus we are always coming up with new ideas for dynamic and different venues. Boozy Cow is a fresh twist on the typical burger joint with a focus on great quality burgers, craft beers and exciting cocktails in an edgy and urban environment.”
The first beneficiaries from the profits of the Boozy Cows will be the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS), the ARCHIE Foundation, VSA and the STV Children’s Appeal.
Dr. Kenneth Simpson, chief executive of VSA, said: “VSA cares for the most vulnerable people in our community and it is only with such donations and support that we can achieve our aims. Garreth has been a long time supporter of VSA, not only in financial terms, but as a hands-on visitor to many of our projects. We wish the Boozy Cow Chain every possible success.”
Picture: Representatives of VSA, CHAS, The Archie Foundation and the STV Appeal with Garreth Wood outside the Boozy Cow in Edinburgh.