William Smith, Restaurateur, 117 and 119, Argyle Street, and 1 and 3, Maxwell Street.—
There is probably no restaurant in the city which has preserved the same continuity and evenness of trade for the same length of time as has that of Mr. William Smith, at the comer of Maxwell Street and Argyle Street. It was established in the beginning of this century by a Mr. Wardrop, and acquired thirty years ago by the father of the present proprietor, also William Smith by name.
It is a very superior restaurant of large proportions, and in a fine prominent position, and has all along been a favourite commercial resort for light luncheons, and for the purveying of dinners, teas, &c., to country visitors. The ground floor is spacious, and well laid out with large table in the centre, where, in the forepart of ordinary business days especially, a packed house is to be seen. To the right of the entrance is a large counter running nearly the full length of the house, where every modem appliance is in readiness for serving out hot luncheons, and at the opposite side there is a ready supply of all kinds of wines, spirits, beers, &c., and also a daily supply of fresh milk. The ground part of the premises is most tastefully fitted up and decorated. Upstairs there are several private parlours, where parties can be accommodated. In the lowest flat again are the wine cellars and bakehouse, with the usual hoists in communication. In addition to the everyday dinners and luncheons purveyed by this establishment, there is a large counter trade done locally and with country patrons in small breads and pastries.
The business, as we have already seen, is now conducted by Mr. William Smith, junior, who gives close adherence to it, and is held in very high estimation by his patrons and numerous friends generally. Mr. Smith, senior, who has retired, was, at one time, a very prominent citizen, the director of several companies in Glasgow, and took a keen interest in politics, both local and parliamentary. He is now far advanced in years, and however much felt the absence of his sterling abilities may be, he well deserves his otium cum dignitate.
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